Aston Martin’s Heritage Department offers an electrical conversion kit to be installed in place of the combustion engine of the famous DB6 MkII Volante, for a reversible retrofit. A more flexible way to take advantage of this flagship model transformed for the occasion into a zero-emission version.
A zero-emission db6 and yet it dates from 1970
The advantages of switching from a thermal to an electric drive are no longer presented. But among them, the reversible retrofit perhaps arouses even more curiosity. Especially for vintage cars, whose happy owners will no doubt want to keep the original engine, as a testament to what the automobile may have invented in its time.
In 2019, Aston Martin’s “Heritage” department has also had the idea of offering its customers a reversible electric conversion kit to be installed on its “classic” models, such as the db6, the flagship model of the 1970s.
Presented as a concept in 2018, the DB6 prototype called “Heritage EV Concept”, is equipped with a zero-emission electric engine. Mounted on the original powertrain supports (engine and gearbox), its mechanics are derived from the Rapide E (612 hp and 322 km range), the first electric car presented by the manufacturer.
A reversible electrical retrofit
The “vintage” electric Aston Martin has been discreetly transformed. The exhaust pipe and the gear lever have of course been kept to allow the return of the combustion engine. The electric charging hatch has been placed at the rear of the vehicle. Energy management is carried out by means of a digital control screen, discreetly installed on board.
With the electric conversion kit offered by Aston Martin since 2019, owners can therefore keep their original engine block and use the electric version for their daily journeys, particularly in the city.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, explains the choice of the brand: “We are very conscious of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the coming years. Our comprehensive Second Century Plan not only encompasses future innovations, but also protects our precious heritage.”
The video of the retrofitted Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante, filmed at Silverstone race track: