The new Aston Martin DB5 Junior is every kids dream ride
Aston Martin pairs with The Little Car Company to create the ultimate father and son car
Aston Martin and The Little Car Company have joined forces to create the Aston Martin DB5 Junior, and it's adorable. This new cutesy version of the classic DB5 comes as an all-electric, two-thirds scale version of Aston Martin's most treasured car.
Cuter than a kitten, that's for sure
The Junior comes in two versions, the DB5 and the DB5 Vantage. Only 1059 are being built to replicate the exact same number of original DB5s. Owners of the classic car will be offered the opportunity to purchase a Junior before the rest of the public.
If you own an original DB5, your Junior will even have a matching chassis number
Spec-wise, the Junior is very different to the classic car. At 3m long, and 1.1m wide, the Junior is designed to comfortably seat an adult and a child side by side. This ensures both parent and child enjoy the driving pleasure of the DB5 in a unique cross-generational package.
A quick-release steering wheel helps the larger driver get in and out of this tiny Aston.
Powering this miniature gem is a 5kW (6.7 horsepower) electric powertrain that delivers its muscle to the rear wheels. While these figures aren't record breaking, the Junior only weighs 270 kg and has an aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body - promising a solid and incredibly fun ride.
Changeable drive modes ensure safety, depending on the driver's age/skill:
Just 1kW (1.3 bhp) for new drivers and a top speed of 12mph (19kmh). In this mode a remote kill-switch is included which allows the car to be remotely disabled at distances up to 30m. For added safety, the Junior will automatically shut down and come to a gentle halt if the parent looses sight of their young driver beyond 30m.
This mode opens the Junior's powertrain up to produce a meaty 5kW (6.7bhp) with a top speed of 30mph (48kmh) - probably designed for Dad to tear about in.
Offering a 'Balance of Performance' (BOP) setting which allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be aligned with other cars in the Little Car Company's arsenal - meaning changeable power and a higher top speed on request.
The DB5 Vantage Junior offers even more power and has a forth driving mode dubbed 'Vantage' which is operated by a hidden 'missile' switch that doubles the car's power to 10kW (13.4 bhp). This added grunt brings the top speed up to a current unconfirmed figure.
Amazingly, the Vantage comes with limited-slip differential (LSD) which helps to improve vehicle traction at higher speeds. To make things even cooler, it comes fitted with an ultra-light carbon fibre body and additional batteries that not only keep weight down, but increase driving range to anywhere from 20-40 miles (32-64km).
Luckiest kids in the world?
The DB5 Junior has the same iconic logos, dials and switches from the original 1963 model, but with some slight modern tweaks. The original fuel gauge has been changed to display a battery level indicator, and the oil temperature gauge has been altered to show motor temperature.
The attention to detail in this 2/3s model is outstanding
Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: “It is an honour to partner with Aston Martin on this project, getting the opportunity to create a piece of history which will be passed down from one generation to the next. We are enormously proud of what we and the Aston Martin team have developed, and it is fantastic that we have made this iconic car accessible in a new way to a new generation of Aston Martin fans. As a child I would not have imagined any better way to learn to drive than in the most famous car in the world."
Fully-functioning headlights, indicators, brake lights and a horn are the icing on the cake
If you're interested, be prepared to pay a heavy premium. Pricing starts at £35,000 and £45,000 for the Vantage. Orders have now opened to secure your own DB5 Junior and DB5 Vantage Junior, but owners of the full-size DB5 get first dibs with matching chassis numbers.