Aston Martin Works has produced the first proof-of-concept model for its Heritage EV programme. The plan aims to future-proof the brand’s classic cars, mitigating the impact future emissions restrictions may have on them and allowing such cars to live on in zero-emission form should their combustion counterparts be outlawed.
Classic cars are delicate machines and due to their increasing value, many owners would do anything to avoid permanent alteration of the original car, making a conventional electric conversion unappealing. As the reversible powertrain name suggests, however, this programme is different to others we have seen. It allows the car to retain as much of its original character as possible in its electric form, whilst also having the ability to fully revert back to its original combustion engine.
Devised by Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, the reversible powertrain has been developed using knowledge acquired during the development of the Rapide E shown earlier this year. The first model the powertrain has been used on is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, a car that was originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell where Aston Martin Works is now based.