Aston Martin Team 46 is glowing in the 17th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally this year, literally! It’s partnered with the glow masters at Nevana Designs to create a glow-in-the-dark DBS for the inter-continental sprint that’s inarguably the most glamorous event of its kind in the world.
The special Aston Martin is currently trekking across the globe along with the likes of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, Mercedes AMG and many more. The sprint kicked off in Stockholm on May 23 and ends in Las Vegas on May 30. Along the way, the route will make stops in Oslo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Reno, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
David Morgan, both driver and owner of the glowing DBS, says, “Personally, I wanted a cay that would stand out among the collection of supercars and what better way to do it than make it glow? Hamish Scott rose to the challenge and the car will definitely turn heads around the globe. It is positively mind-blowing and feels like touching glass, smoother than regular car paint, whilst aesthetically something futuristic and completely out of this world – it is spectacular, day or night.”
The UV paint charges via sunlight during the day and can be seen from miles away at night for up to 10 hours. It’s the latest project for Nevana Designs, headed up by Hamish Scott.
“Nevana Designs have been commissioned to work in conjunction with some of the worlds’ biggest international brand names such as 02/Samsung and Nissan to create bespoke UV merchandise using this cutting edge formula. Their recent project with the Aston Martin, the most illustrious automotive bloodline in the world, is a further endorsement of the potential of our technology,” said Scott.
Nevana is also involved in the world’s first UV powered Smart Highway project we’ve told you about in the Netherlands. Plus, earlier this year, a Nissan Leaf also received the glow-in-the-dark treatment.
Even though the paint has mainly been is for now being used in one-off projects, Scott emphasizes the potential safety uses for it. He says, “I have now invented a material that can be applied to any surface, including bikes, helmets, safety equipment on the water’s edge, fire extinguishers, floors, walls, ceilings, yachts, kitchen counters, trees, spectacles. You name it – I can make it come alive at night.”
Nevana Designs eventually hopes to take its UV paint into the mainstream market. Until then, Tron will have to wait.