Aston Martin has secured funding to develop a new platform for its next generation of sports cars. Autocar reports that the new chassis will underpin new Aston products that debut in 2015 or 2016.
The British automaker has reportedly secured a £304 million ($487 million) bond to help fund the chassis development. Engineering work for the new platform will being in early 2012, with a view to launch vehicles three or four years later. Autocar claims that Aston Martin may try to work with Mercedes-Benz on the new chassis, possibly borrowing the platforms from the SLS AMG or SL-Class.
The new platform will replace the aging VH (vertical/horizontal) Platform that forms the basis of the DB9, Vantage, and Rapide. It debuted when the DB9 went into production in 2003. Those cars will all be facelifted in the near future, and will receive mild powertrain updates. Aston Martin apparently must revise the VH Platform later this year to comply with new American pedestrian-safety regulations that come into effect by fall 2012.