Stolen Aston Martin recovered in record time

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Stolen Aston Martin recovered in record time

An Aston Martin stolen in East London was recovered in minutes after its owner activated the Tracker stolen vehicle recovery system.

Owner Nick Spikett noticed his rare Aston Martin DB7 GT had been taken and informed Tracker, which activated the vehicle's hidden GPS system. It was located by a police patrol car just twenty minutes later - a record for Tracker-based recoveries.

Sought after by car thieves and enthusiasts alike, the DB7 GT was the swansong of the iconic DB7 range. Fitted with a 420bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, it was capable of covering the 0-60mph dash in 4.9 seconds and would reach speeds as high as 186mph - not bad for a car that can trace its roots back to the Jaguar XJ-S of 1975.

Optionally fitted to many rare and expensive cars, the Tracker system routinely aids in the recovery of over a £1 million worth of cars monthly.

Used in partnership with every UK police force, the system previously hit the headlines after a stolen £300,000 Mercedes McLaren SLR supercar was recovered after 50 minutes, having just covered 12 miles.

Black-Eyed Peas star Will.i.am was probably regretting not fitting such a system to his one-off I.am.auto, when it was stolen in Los Angeles last year.

Though, seeing as the aesthetically challenging (at best) car was a launchpad to impose his automotive vision on the world, we can't help but feel he's the only one upset by the fact it wasn't recovered.