As much as classic cars are adored and sought after, they’re not exactly the cleanest or most efficient when it comes to emissions and fuel consumption. In fact, there are some legislations around the world that restrict the use of old cars to keep the environment clean as well as reduce carbon emissions.
Seeing this, Aston Martin decided to make a new type of powertrain that will allow classic cars to keep on running, without being barred by such restrictions. By doing so, the company wants to future-proof such timeless machines.
Part of the company’s EV strategy, Aston Martin recently introduced the ‘Heritage Electrification Concept’. It aims to mitigate any legislation that will restrict the use of classic cars by offering a zero emissions alternative. This type of technology is similar to the one used on the Rapide E project and Lagonda luxury EVs which are set to debut in production form soon.
“We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda.
To demonstrate that this technology can work on classic cars, Aston Martin took a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, and stuffed it with an all-electric powerplant dubbed the ‘cassette’. It sits on the same engine and transmission mounts which makes for a simpler installation. Umbilical cords, then feed power to the car’s onboard systems, and axle. A dedicated screen, on the other hand, controls and manages the electric powertrain.
What’s also great about this technology is that it can be reversed, meaning classic car owners can revert back to the original powertrain should they want to.
“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 centers,” said Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works president.
Heritage EV conversions are set to commence in 2019, with Aston Martin Works handling the conversion process.