The Aston Martin that Daniel Craig drove when he ruled the screen in James Bond is getting an ultra-green makeover. The sleek sports car is about to be available in electric. And it’ll only cost you $1 million.
The DB5, which was Craig’s signature car, and the DB6 are being retrofitted as electric cars. But they’ll only be made in limited qualities.
“For the women and men of tomorrow this, electrified, is what you should be driving,” said David Lorenz, CEO, and founder of Lunaz, which specializes in classic electric vehicles. “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.”
David Beckham-backed company Lunaz Design is fronting the Aston Martin project. In the past, Lunaz has also retrofitted cars such as the 1955 Bentley Continental and the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Lorenz will soon start allowing people to submit applications for the iconic James Bond cars. And the first of the vehicles will be completed late next year. Prices will vary, but each DB5 and DB6 will likely cost $1 million or more.
And though Lunaz has focused his sustainable efforts on very select classic cars, he plans on broadening his efforts in the future. With so many countries talking about banning gas-powered cars within the next decade, he hopes his technology will be used to repurpose many of the collectible internal combustion vehicles that people are driving all over the world.
“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.
Iconic ‘James Bond’ Aston Martin Will Be ‘Restored, Re-Engineered and Electrified’
The Aston Martin’s will have more than an engine lift. Each special edition car will go through a “re-manufacturing” process at Lunaz’s British headquarters in Silverstone. The cars will be fitted with modernized brakes, suspension, and steering systems. Lunaz will also add air conditioning and electronic control panels. Once finished, drivers will be able to cruise for 255 miles before needing to recharge.
“The introduction of electric Aston Martin DB6 cars has been driven by sustained demand from our existing clients,” added Lorenz. “It also reflects the desires of an entirely new classic car buyer. These women and men have been drawn to Lunaz because for the first time they are presented with the powertrain and modern conveniences of today, clothed in a design that speaks of an era when aesthetic purity was the only requirement.”
And Lorenz also believes James Bond would be proud to drive this reimagined DB5. After all, fancy new gadgets have always been a must for him in the films.
“Bond has always been about modern technology,” said Lorenz. “Q would have loved to hand over the keys to an electrified Aston Martin. It suits Bond to the tee,”