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Bond’s Aston Martin goes electric

Daniel Craig may be saying goodbye as James Bond, but his iconic Aston Martin is about to be given a new lease of life, for an ultra-cool $1 million.

Bond actually drove a DB5, which features again in the latest Bond movie, “No Time To Die”. But the DB6 is regarded by many as the epitome of British motoring style since it was first unveiled in 1965.

In a modern twist, the DB5 and DB6 are now being retrofitted to reappear in limited numbers as electric cars.

“For the women and men of tomorrow this, electrified, is what you should be driving,” said David Lorenz, CEO and founder of Lunaz, which specialises in making classic cars electric, at the wheel of a DB6.

“You’ve got the aesthetic beauty which you will never get in a modern vehicle yet the aesthetics can now be combined with a modern powertrain,” Lorenz said.

Lunaz, based near Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, is producing limited numbers of an electric DB6.

The company was founded, Lorenz said, to take upcycling to a whole new level and answer a tricky question — when internal combustion engines are banned, what are we going to do with the two billion vehicles already on the roads? “I want to preserve these vehicles for future generations to come. My daughter is three years old. When she’s of driving age she’ll be driving electric cars and I want her to enjoy vehicles like this,” Lorenz said.

A James Bond 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe is displayed at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, US, July 26, 2019.

Technological upgrades include the latest brakes, suspension and steering along with air conditioning and the electronic infotainment systems.

The electric powertrains give the car a range of 255 miles. — Reuters

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