📂︎ Something for the Weekend | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ August 28, 2020
➤ From £42,000 | 2/3 scale of original 1963 Aston Martin DB5 | ‘Novice’, ‘Expert’ & ‘Race’ driving modes.
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Your gold finger, the rest of your arm and maybe a leg. Aston Martin reveals electric ‘toy’ version of 007’s iconic DB5 classic – priced from £42,000.
For young, aspiring James Bond wannabes wanting to emulate their hero in an Aston Martin, engineers have created a scaled down, fully working replica of 007’s most iconic car from the 1960s.
The electric, two-thirds scale DB5 has been created by the Bicester-based Little Car Company in collaboration with the British motor brand. It celebrates the original DB5 launched in 1963 which gained worldwide fame and iconic status when a gadget-laden version first appeared on the big screen in the 1964 James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ with Sean Connery – the first in a series of 007 appearances up to and including the imminent ‘No Time to Die’ with Daniel Craig.
Two versions are available: the DB5 Junior costing from £42,000 and the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior from £54,000. Both snips compared to the limited edition DB5 Goldfinger continuation cars built by Aston Martin – complete with 007 gadgets including replica machine guns now selling for £3,3million each.
A limited run of only 1,059 Junior vehicles are being built, exactly the same number as the full-size DB5 of the 1960s – and owners of original cars are being offered the first the opportunity to buy one, with a matching chassis number to their car.
The electric junior car has been developed over the last 15 months and is based on Aston Martin’s own 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity. At three metres long and just over a metre wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to accommodate an adult and a child side by side in supportive bucket seats ‘to allow different generations to share the love of driving’.
The car is constructed from a lightweight but rigid aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body which helps keep the total weight down to around 270kg.
The standard DB5 Junior is powered by 6.7bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels up to a top speed of 30mph, with a range of between 10 and 20 miles depending on how it is driven.
The more potent and pricier DB5 Vantage Junior model has an uprated 13.4bhp electric motor. It will hit nearly 50mph with a range of between 20 and 40 miles. However, in a special ‘race’ mode, the car can accelerate from rest to 37mph in just six seconds. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.
The DB5 Junior comes in famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set, and a boot in the rear for storage. It has working headlights, brake lights, indicators and a horn. Power is regulated by aluminium accelerator and brake pedals.
A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel has a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver.
Like the original, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the 21st century; the fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter and the oil temperature now monitors the temperature of the electric motor. The same Smiths clock seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
Both models offer a range of optional accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.
The Little Car Company said: ‘Absolute authenticity was key throughout the development of the vehicle. For example, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin ‘wings’, ‘shield’ and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model.’
Also like the original, the cars sit on double wishbone suspension at the front and ride on 10-inch wire wheels. All four wheels have ventilated disc brakes with regenerative braking to help conserve and generate electric power.
There are three main driving modes: ‘Novice’ for less experienced drivers reduces power to 1.3bhp with a 12mph top speed. In this mode there is the addition of a remote ‘kill switch’, so the car can be disabled at the touch of a button on a fob at a range of up to 30 metres. This will automatically shut the powertrain down so the vehicles come to a gentle halt if an ‘enthusiastic novice’ goes beyond that range.
‘Expert’ mode is for more experienced toddler drivers with 6.7bhp of power available and a 30mph top speed. Finally, ‘race’ mode puts the shrunken DB5 into its punchiest setting as described above.
The Little Car Company said: ‘Owners will be invited to customise their DB5 Juniors either with a range of representative period exterior and interior colours or perhaps delve into Aston Martin’s contemporary palette, to match their full-size car.’
In addition, every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, with their ‘junior’ cars registered for future provenance and authenticity.
The firm noted: ‘All clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious race tracks.’
Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit the dedicated site from today to place a fully refundable deposit on a first-come-first-served basis. When these build slots are spoken for, a waiting list will be put in place.
The firm said: ‘Existing Aston Martin DB5 owners will be given first refusal on their DB5 Junior chassis number to match their full-size car.’