Aston Martin Is Fitting Classic Cars With Electric Powertrains

Lloyd Doyle
December 8, 2018

Its power is managed via a discreet screen inside the auto.

We're pretty sure we've seen this sort of thing in the 1997 sci-fi film "Gattaca," where dozens of rare classic cars move around nearly silently with a few electrical noises.

Aston Martin Works expects to begin completing customer Heritage EV conversions next year. It proved so popular that Jaguar in August confirmed production plans for the conversion, which like Aston Martin's setup is fully reversible.

Having handled the initial concept evaluation and build of the proof-of-concept DB6 MkII Volante, Aston Martin Works will also be responsible for completing customer conversions at the historic Newport Pagnell plant, the home of Aston Martin's classic auto department. "Umbilical cords from the power unit then feed the car's electrical systems".

Aston Martin says that its process to convert classic Aston cars to EV drivetrains is a way to future-proof the classic cars.

The cassette EV powertrain sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own self-contained cell.

Aston Martin reckons it has the answer in the form of a "cassette" electric powertrain.

The "cassette" EV powertrain underneath has apparently been developed using experience gleaned from Gaydon's final phase development of the Rapide E (not to mention the all-new range of Lagondas that loom large on Aston's horizon). It also means the original drivetrain can be reinstalled, if the owner desires.

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Paul Spires, president, Aston Martin Works, added. "I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field". Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.

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