Aston Martin has announced it has developed a ‘Cassette’ electric powertrain which can be fitted to classic AML cars to make them future proof.
What happens to classic cars if legislators decide at some point that ICE cars can no longer be used on the road? Does the market collapse, and do we consign every motoring work of art to a life sat in a museum gathering dust?
Not if Aston Martin has anything to do with it we don’t.
Aston Martin has revealed that it has created a ‘Cassette’ EV powertrain which can be slotted in to a classic Aston – and is completely reversible if needed – using technology developed for the Rapide E to deliver pure EV running for classic Astons.
The first car to get the EV transplant is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante which has the new electric powertrain fitted on the original engine and gearbox mountings complete with ‘umbilical cords’ from the unit to feed the car’s electrical system, and a discreetly-fitted screen in the interior to control everything.
Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works President, said:
We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars. Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners, especially those who live in city centres. We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars.
Aston Martin’s plans to offer electrification of classic cars follows on from Jaguar’s plans to electrify classic E-Types as car makers with a heritage look to protect one of their biggest assets.