Dato’ Vincent Leong, Managing Director of Stamford College, in the Aston Martin Vanquish S | RobbReport Malaysia

Dato’ Vincent Leong, Managing Director of Stamford College, in the Aston Martin Vanquish S

beautiful is… charisma

“The British have always been very meticulous, stressing on quality finishing and blending it with performance. That would account for the carbon fibre front splitters, black diamond-turned wheels and the exhaust pipe on this new Vanquish S by Aston Martin. The driving experience is a visual and aural treat with its naturally aspirated engine providing an exhilarating sound and feeling.

A lot of carmakers may have muted the engine but, with this, you know you’re in for a treat when you start the car and hear the roar of its 12 cylinders. The fact that it is naturally aspirated means it doesn’t suffer turbo lag. I would say that this Vanquish S is very long legged and doesn’t feel out of breath. In addition, its interior is finely crafted, with well-padded racing seats, easy-to- read displays and plenty of comfort and safety features – that already puts you in a different zone as a driver.

British systems, ranging from engineering to cars to education, have been built layer upon layer through the centuries. This constant refinement is why, even without understanding, we subconsciously choose British, understanding it is a safe bet. Our commonwealth heritage helps our students adapt to British education, and our partnership with the University of London – of which the London School of Economics and King’s College is a part of – offers our students a pathway to access one of the best-ranked educational institutions in all of the United Kingdom.

Stamford, as the oldest private college in Malaysia, has produced over half a million graduates and we understand that innovation is the key, to prepare graduates who would find their degrees to be relevant to the rapidly evolving world. The swing in the world’s balance means that we have to fit into this equation, with relevant skills in accounting systems, law, media and communications, and so on. Education has to be something for right now and the future, and that’s what Stamford is about – getting our students ready.

With that, our graduates will be poised to reap the rewards from the tremendous flow of money within this new world balance as China begins working on its acquisitions, the ASEAN bloc continuing to develop and Brexit reorganising the European front.

Charisma is of course something which I would like all my students to possess. In visualising the Aston Martin Vanquish S, we see James Bond who exudes an aura and wit to put you in your place, or on the floor. That is how, when we talk about charisma, I would like my students to be – full of confidence without even having to flex their muscles."

Aston Martin Vanquish S 6.0-litre V12, 580bhp, top speed of 323km/hr, 0-100km/hr in 3.5 seconds. China Grey with Flugplatz Blue graphics package. Price from RM2.55mil including duties.

Photography by Tommi Chu/Blink Studio

Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur

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Published January 1, 2018
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