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Future-proofing Aston classics – a swoppable electric motor

  • EV solution cleared for Heritage Aston Martins
  • Radical idea to cater for future fuel restrictions
  • Electric motor will stand in for the original engine
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

NEWPORT PAGNELL, England – Global interest in classic cars is said to be growing annually but that in heritage models is at a record high so Aston Martin Lagonda has a plan to future-proof such precious machines against any future ban on fossil-fuel.

It’s created what is claimed to be the world’s first reversible electric power-train conversion.

ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

The idea was part of the company’s wider EV strategy – its Heritage electrification concept, led by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell in England. It’ss been developed around a “cassette” electric power-train to overcome possible future legislation that bans vehicle exhaust emissions.

‘RARE THINKING’

Aston Martin acquired the process during final development of its Rapide E battery car and future planning for a new range of Lagondas. The Aston Martin Works’ Heritage EV conversion uses rare thinking and technology to build production versions of the EV cassette using components from the Rapide E.

The first car with the new EV powertrain (pictured) is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante assembled at Newport Pagnell. The cassette will sit on the mountings used by the original engine and gearbox but in a self-contained cell. Power cables from the unit will feed the car’s electrical systems and power management from on a discreet screen.

ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

The automaker says it is sympathetic to the historical significance of such rare cars: ”It’s the perfect solution to let owners know their car is future-proofed and socially esponsible”.

PROTECTING TREASURES

 

Should such laws be introduced but overridden for certain events the original engine can be reinserted.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda’s president and group chief executive, told The Corner in a media release: “Were very aware of environmental and social pressures.

”Our Second Century Plan not only includes new and future models but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique but also truly forward-thinking.”

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Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works’ president, added: “For some time we’ve been looking for a way to protect customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars. Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners.

‘BOLD AND PROGRESSIVE’

”We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning an EV-conversion.”

A media release adds: ”This bold and progressive solution to a growing issue will make sure Aston Martin’s glorious past will go forward into a  sustainable, bright and exciting future.”

ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC: No, not for its modern cars but to make sure its classics can stay on the road. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

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