No Time for the Battery to Die: Bond’s Aston Martin Goes Electric

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SILVERSTONE, England—Daniel Craig whitethorn beryllium saying goodbye arsenic James Bond, but his iconic Aston Martin is astir to beryllium fixed a caller lease of life, for an ultra-cool $1 million.

Bond really drove a DB5, which features again successful the latest Bond movie, “No Time To Die.” But the DB6 is regarded by galore arsenic the epitome of British motoring benignant since it was archetypal unveiled successful 1965.

In a modern twist, the DB5 and DB6 are present being retrofitted to reappear successful constricted numbers arsenic electrical cars.

“For the women and men of time this, electrified, is what you should beryllium driving,” said David Lorenz, CEO and laminitis of Lunaz, which specializes successful making classical cars electric, astatine the instrumentality of a DB6.

“You’ve got the aesthetic quality which you volition ne'er get successful a modern conveyance yet the aesthetics tin present beryllium combined with a modern powertrain,” Lorenz said.

Lunaz, based adjacent Silverstone, location of the British Grand Prix, is producing constricted numbers of an electrical DB6.

The institution was founded, Lorenz said, to instrumentality upcycling to a full caller level and reply a tricky question—when interior combustion engines are banned, what are we going to bash with the 2 cardinal vehicles already connected the roads?

“I privation to sphere these vehicles for aboriginal generations to come. My girl is 3 years old. When she’s of driving property she’ll beryllium driving electrical cars and I privation her to bask vehicles similar this,” Lorenz said.

Each electrified Aston Martin DB6 volition acquisition an exhaustive bare-metal restoration that Lunaz calls “re-manufacturing.”

Technological upgrades see the latest brakes, suspension, and steering on with aerial conditioning and physics infotainment systems.

The electrical powertrains springiness the car a scope of 255 miles.

But what would Bond accidental erstwhile his beloved DB5 nary longer makes that throaty roar?

“Bond has ever been astir modern technology,” said Lorenz.

“Q would person loved to manus implicit the keys to an electrified Aston Martin. It suits Bond to the tee,” said Lorenz.

Lunez already electrifies a fig of prestige cars from the bygone days of motoring, including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar sportscar models. They volition soon connection constricted build-slots for the Aston Martin DB4 arsenic good arsenic Bond’s iconic DB5, which achieved pop-culture presumption pursuing the 1964 merchandise of “Goldfinger.” Prices are fixed upon exertion but are expected to transcend $1 million, with the archetypal deliveries expected successful the 3rd 4th of 2023.

While Lunez is hoping to country the marketplace successful retrofitting classical cars, the contention to electrify is good and genuinely connected for each modern supercar makers. These see Ferrari with their archetypal electrical supercar expected successful 2025, portion Rolls-Royce past week teased their archetypal afloat electrical car, called ‘Spectre’; coincidentally the aforesaid sanction arsenic the shadowy transgression enactment of the James Bond stories.

By Stuart and McDill

Reuters

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