The first Aston Martin to receive the radical new EV powertrain, an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, has taken class honours at the prestigious Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) Spring Concours.
Originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell, the Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante concept plays an integral part of the company’s wider EV strategy. The Heritage electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. Developed around a so-called “cassette” EV powertrain, the objective will be to mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars by offering a zero-emissions conversion.
Victorious in the AMOC’s newly created ‘alternative fuels’ class in the annual Concours event on Sunday the pristine DB6 Volante was driven by President of Aston Martin Works, Paul Spires.
Mr Spires said of his experience:
“Aston Martin Works is, of course, a great supporter of the AMOC so to be able to show off the DB6 EV concept to so many enthusiastic and knowledgeable owners at this great springtime celebration of all this Aston Martin is a real privilege.
“To come away with a class win for the car on top of that really is a cause for celebration!”
Using knowledge acquired by Aston Martin during the final phase development of the Rapide E and future planning of the all-new range of Lagondas, the Aston Martin Works’ Heritage EV conversion employs state-of-the-art thinking and technology. Production versions of the revolutionary EV cassette will include key components from the Rapide E programme.
Given the historical significance of these collectors cars, it’s vital any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original car. The cassette system offers the perfect solution, offering owners the reassurance of knowing their car is future-proofed and socially responsible, yet still an authentic Aston Martin with the ability to reinstate its original powertrain if desired.
Speaking at the owners’ gathering Mark Donoghue, Aston Martin Owners Club Chief Judge Concours, said:
“AMOC members have today been very excited to see this unique Aston Martin at first hand. Marking its appearance by creating a special class – albeit a class of one! – is both a bit of gentle fun and a great way to celebrate this exciting concept car’s future potential.”
The DB6 MkII Volante EV concept has been widely publicised in recent months, with extensive global media attention and a warm response from journalists and would-be owners alike.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said of the Heritage EV concept:
“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.”