Aston Martin is taking a page from the Jaguar playbook and is offering up the ability to put an electric powertrain into a classic Aston Martin. Jaguar did this with its E-Type and made the retrofit process reversible so real E-types could be converted to EV and back if needed. Aston is now doing the same thing.
Aston Martin says that its process to convert classic Aston cars to EV drivetrains is a way to future-proof the classic cars. Aston claims to have the world’s first reversible EV powertrain, but Jag did announce its reversible EV transplant for the E-Type back in August.
The conversion to EV power mitigates any future legislation that might restrict the use of classic cars. The conversion is built around what Aston calls a “cassette” EV powertrain. Knowledge to create this cassette powertrain was gleaned during the final phase development of the Rapide E and future planning of the new range of Lagondas vehicles.
Components from the Rapide E program will be used to create the EV cassette. The very first ride to get the EV powertrain conversion is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. The EV systems sit on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own cell.
Umbilical cords from the power unit feed electrical systems in the car. Power management can be done via a dedicated screen that is fitted discreetly inside the vehicle. The original powertrain can be added back in after conversion if desired. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.