Friday, April 03, 2009

Aston Martin DB9 - Dubai Airport Emirates T3

I was surprised to find out ... Dubai's Terminal 3 is the largest building in the world by floor space, with over 1,500,000 m2 (370 acres) of space.

More notes from Wikipedia...

The terminal is said to be "opulence personified". Terminal 3 has an annual capacity of 43 million passengers. It is located beneath the taxiway area at Dubai airport and is directly connected to concourse 2. Inside Terminal 3, their are 82 moving walkways, 97 escalators, eight skytrains, 82 moving, and 157 lifts.

Terminal 3 differs from Terminal 1 as there are fewer walking distances. This is the main difference between the terminal 1, which is linked to the concourse (Sheikh Rashid Terminal) with a tunnel, and terminal 3. The shape of the terminal 3 is in the shape of an aircraft wing and is 1 km (0.62 mi) long.
Terminal 3 includes a multi level underground structure, first and business class lounges, restaurants, 180 check-in counters and 2,600 underground parking spaces. The terminal will, by adding 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft), double the amount of retail space at Dubai Airport.
The departure and arrival halls in the new terminal are located 10 m (33 ft) beneath the airport's taxiways. The terminal incorporates two levels of parking for vehicles and was fully opened on 14 October 2008.

This is the Aston Martin DB9 , a grand tourer launched by Aston Martin in 2004. Its part of Dubai Duty Free's heavily-marketed lottery draw.

The DB9 is the first new car to be built at Aston's Gaydon facility.

The name "DB" stems from David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a significant part of its history. The DB9, which was designed by Ian Callum and finished by his successor, Henrik Fisker, superseded the now-discontinued Aston Martin DB7 (also by Callum) which started production in 1994.
DB9 comes in two variants; coupé and "Volante" convertible, each producing 470 bhp (350 kW; 477 PS) coming from a 6.0L V12 engine, originally taken from its sister car the V12 Vanquish.
In fact, this V12 engine is why Aston Martin did not call the car the DB8, which could suggest that it has only eight cylinders.
One report states that Aston Martin believed that this car was such a huge leap from the Jaguar XJ-S based DB7 that it named it DB9 instead of DB8, which they thought would indicate a gradual evolution.

Power: 350 kW (476 PS; 469 hp) @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 600 N·m (443 lb·ft) @ 5000 rpm
Weight: 1,760 kg (3,880 lb)
0–60 mph (0–97 km/h): 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 306 km/h (190 mph)

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