The future of automotive innovation is almost here and with the trajectory we are currently facing, it will only be a matter of years until the large majority of metropolitan motorists will turn electric. In a bid to go ‘greener’, we are seeing new car bodies and innovative design – but what about classic car enthusiasts? Aston Martin has the answer.
The biggest challenge for classic car enthusiasts these days is how to incorporate this innovative and powerful technology without disturbing the design integrity of an old-school model – that’s where the Cassette Electric Powertrain Concept comes in.
Developed by Aston Martin, the “cassette” is an all-in-one system that is incorporated into the original engine and gearbox mountings of the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, and connects to the car’s electrical system via a range of different cords. Whilst keeping all of the original dials and dashboard accessories, the management of power coming through the car – similar to a new-age model – is handled by a screen which has been masterfully kept discreet in the car interior. However, the owner also has the option to re-install the first powertrain.
According to Car and Bike, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said of the Heritage EV concept: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”
In terms of further specifications including horsepower and acceleration, it remains a mystery for now. Take a closer look at the model below.