A scaled-down Aston Martin is sure to set young car enthusiasts’ pulses racing when it goes into production next year.
The two-thirds scale Aston Martin DB5 Junior won’t be available for Christmas present lists this year but with a basic price tag of £35,000 it’s a car that’s likely to be enjoyed by the privileged few rather than the masses.
That price for the electric powered car doesn’t include local taxes either.
The car is being built by The Little Car Company at Bicester and has been developed over the last 15 months as a collaboration between the company and Warwickshire-based Aston Martin.
It is based on Aston Martin’s r eference 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.
At around 3m long, and 1.1m wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side, to allow different generations to share the love of driving.
The DB5 Junior is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 30mph using an ‘expert’ setting but in the main is designed to travel at a more sedate 12mph.
A remote kill switch is included allowing the car to be remotely disabled at up to 30m.
That means if an pver enthusiastic novice disappears outside that 30m range, the car will automatically shut down and come to a gentle halt.
With the standard battery pack stored under the opening bonnet, the mini-Aston provides a 10-20 miles driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.
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The aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body provide a very rigid platform whilst keeping the total weight down to around 270kg.
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.
Like its big brother, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the modern era.
The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. Finally, the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
In true DB5 style, the car comes in the famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set. There is even a boot at the rear for storage, should you wish.
The Vantage version of the original DB5 was known for its performance upgrade.
Now, the DB5 Vantage Junior (from £45,000 plus taxes) takes the pace up a level, too.
While this elite model has the three driving modes of the standard car, there is also a fourth – Vantage mode, operated by a hidden ‘missile’ switch which doubles the power output and increases the top speed to a still unconfirmed level.