Silverstone’s Iconic Aston is the latest British classic to get an electric powertrain
Lunaz Design, a specialist in classic car electrification, has revealed a battery-powered version the Aston Martin DB6 as part of a rapid expansion strategy.
The DB6’s 4.0-litre straight six engine is sacrificed for Lunaz’s modular 80-120kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This packs has a range of up 255 miles. The 80kWh system, which was used in the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, Silver Cloud, and Silver Cloud, is capable of producing 375bhp, 516lb.ft of torque, and the DB6 is expected to match these figures. A CCS fast-charging capability allows for relatively quick charging of the tier-one system’s battery.
Although the DB6’s Kamm-tailed design is still very much intact, there have been extensive changes below. Modern standards have been set for the suspension, brakes and steering. Jon Hilton, technical director, stated that “Re-engineering is essential for the best Aston Martin driving experience.”
While the interior is faithful to the original specifications, it has been updated with modern navigation systems and air conditioning. To bring it up-to-date, the DB6 was reworked with a “sensitive integration” of infotainment system and full wi fi connectivity.
Every car goes through a thorough restoration before it is installed. The chassis is stripped to the bare metal, 3D scanned and then the original powertrain is removed. Any imperfections are smoothed out using traditional coachbuilding skills.
Lunaz has received orders for a limited number of DB6s. Prices start at $1 million (PS733,000 before taxes). The first deliveries are expected to be made in the third quarter 2023. Brand has also indicated that electrified DB4s or DB5s will only be made to order in a very limited number of units.
The brand, based in Silverstone, was previously responsible for electric versions other British icons like the original Bentley Continental, Jaguar XK120, and the Mk1 Range Rover. It has attracted a number well-known investors including David Beckham, ex-england footballer.
The firm has been able to expand its 62,000 sq ft headquarters, where more than 100 employees have previous experience working at various automotive companies like McLaren Ferrari Bentley and Ferrari. The brand’s technical director, Hilton, was partially responsible for the creation of the modular electric powertrain. This helped Renault win back-to-back Formula 1 titles in 2005 and 2006.
Lunaz has stated that it will remain at Silverstone to “reflect the UK’s position as a leader in the development of electric motors” but the company has suggested an intercontinental expansion. Lunaz has set its sights on the American market with “advanced conversations under way with [US] States seeking to build long term clean tech job growth.”