Aston Martin reveal £35k 'DB5 Junior'
Let's be honest, we all want one
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most valuable and memorable cars of the last century. Its multiple appearances in the 007 franchise have made it one of the most desirable classic cars. The average price of a DB5 is usually north of £900k which is quite a bit of money to part with.
Today, the iconic British marque revealed a smaller version of the DB5 called 'DB5 Junior.' In collaboration with Little Car Company, a two-thirds scale, electric powered DB5 will be available to the public very soon. To make it even more authentic, the DB5 Junior is a result of a 3D-scan of the original car, making every curve and contour that much better.
What do I get with the DB5 Junior?
With the car measuring in at three metres long and 1.1 metres wide, this certainly isn't just a children's car. The car is said to accommodate one child and one adult sitting side-by-side.
In terms of the composition, the aluminum honeycomb chassis and composite body provide a good housing for the 5kW battery. The DB5 Junior is only around 5% of the original car's weight. The power will be fed to the rear wheels and will have bucket seats as standard, allowing you to max out the DB5 Junior at 30mph.
The model features the exact same badges as the original 1963 DB5. The Smiths dashboard still remains the same as the normal DB5 however the fuel gauge acts as a battery charge indicator and the oil temperature now displays the temperature of the motor.
As expected the DB5 Junior comes in the iconic Silver Birch colour with a black leather interior, and the car even features boot space for all your storage needs. The body sits on a double wishbone at the front with the roll centre and camber gain matching the original DB5 geometry. The power is transferred to the road by 10" wire wheels with ventilated brake discs complete with regenerative braking.
The DB5 Junior can be driven in three modes:
This mode allows you to operate with 1.3 bhp of power with a top speed of 12mph. This mode also comes complete with a feature that cuts the power from a remote when the car is out of range by 30 metres. So if an over-enthusiastic child decides to floor it, if the car goes more than 30 metres from the remote, the car will come to a halt.
Expert mode allows you to drive with 6.7bhp of power and to carry on to a top speed of 30mph.
This is a “Balance of Performance” (BOP) setting which allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be matched with other Little Car Company models for competition on an even playing field.
Power and speed is key
If you thought the DB5 Junior wasn't cool enough, there could be something for you in the shape of the Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Junior. Like the original car, the Vantage version is meant to signify a performance focused experience.
Like the standard Junior, the Vantage can be operated in the three modes and a special fourth mode exclusively for this model. This mode, named 'Vantage Mode', is operated by a secret missile switch which adds an extra 10kW, giving you an boost of 13.4bhp to speed off with.
The Vantage comes complete with a limited-slip-differential, carbon-fibre body and battery pack, doubling the range to 20-40 miles.
Join the club
Source: Aston Martin Newspress
The owners of the DB5 Junior range will be encouraged to customise their cars with colour schemes and interior designs that mirror Aston Martin's long and storied history.
You will also automatically be a part of the Aston Martin owners club upon receiving your DB5 Junior as well as a membership to the Little Car Club which will allow you to drive your mini-machine on the world's most prestigious racetracks.
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin had this to say: “I’m thrilled to see this new, exquisite interpretation of what is, perhaps, our most iconic model join the Aston Martin family. Our partners, The Little Car Company have gone into meticulous detail to truly replicate the stunning form of the original DB5. I very much look forward to seeing these fun tributes to the timeless DB5 go into ‘service’ with owners of all ages around the world.”
Where can I get one?
If you're interested in this, you can click here to place a refundable deposit, based on a first come, first serve basis. Once the build slots are full, any additional buyers will be put on a waiting list.
How much does this all cost? Well, for the standard DB5 Junior, you will have to part with £35,000 plus local taxes. For the more powerful Vantage version, buyers will have to fork out £45,000 lus local taxes.
Production of these cars start in 2021, with worldwide shipping commencing two years later.