Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG have officially publicised a technical partnership between the two firms. It means that future Aston models will use tailored V8s developed using AMG technology and Mercedes electrical components.
It also means that Daimler AG will receive 5 per cent equity in Aston Martin, and will receive a non-voting position on the company’s Board of Management. Currently the two manufacturers have only signed a letter of intent but a definitive agreement will be signed later in the year.
Meanwhile, Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards said: “We have selected AMG specifically as the basis for this powertrain development process. Aston Martin sources cutting edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next generation sports cars is, clearly, good news.”
Ola Källenius, Head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are proud to work with Aston Martin and provide them with powertrain and e/e components for their forthcoming sports cars. This is proof of AMG’s technological and performance expertise and a real win-win situation for both sides.”
Currently, Aston’s V8 and V12 engines are built in Cologne by Ford as part of an an agreement that was recently extended for another five years. That means we may not see the fruits of this technical partnership for quite some time.