It’s the ultimate boys’ toy – complete with gadgets including imitation machine guns and smoke-screens.
For budding young James Bonds of all ages who want to emulate their hero in a ‘baby’ Aston Martin, engineers have created a scaled down fully working electric-powered replica of 007’s most iconic car – just in time for it hitting the big screen again.
The two-thirds scale DB5 has been created by the Bicester-based Little Car Company in collaboration with Aston Martin and Bond producers EON Productions – including their Oscar-winning special effects boss – to celebrate the Covid-delayed screening of the new Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ which arrives in cinemas from September 30.
Only 125 of the exclusive 007 versions are being made with an eye-watering price tag of £108,000 each – around 25 times the price of the original 1960s DB5 – for what the makers say is ‘the ultimate gadget-laden collector’s item for Bond fans worldwide.’
That’s not enough for a brand new full-sized Aston Martin (prices start at around £132,000 for a Vantage) but is sufficient to get you a decent second hand one, albeit not a classic from this era.
The new electric battery-powered and gadget-laden Bond special edition is based on a standard Junior DB5 but is given more power, a range of up to 80miles, and a top speed of around 50mph as well as the eye-catching 007 enhancements – though also costs more than double the price.
It is powered by a 21horse-power (16kW) electric motor which is nearly double that of the most powerful standard Junior DB5 (13hoerse-power and 10kW), giving it more oomph and , with more batteries) double the range.
The makers said: ‘After extensive development and months of collaboration between the three companies, the car is a truly authentic homage to both the Aston Martin and 007 brands.’
The ‘No Time To Die’ Special Edition has been designed as a convertible, and not the fixed head coupe driven by 007.
This is to offer seating for an adult and child side by side ‘ allowing all generations of Bond fans to share the love of driving’
The makers noted: ‘James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 has become a much-loved character in its own right. No Bond car would be complete without Q style gadgets, and the Aston Martin DB5 Junior No Time To Die edition is no exception.’
- All the gadgets, are operated by individual controls in a hidden switch panel in the passenger door.
- At the push of a button, the headlights drop to reveal a twin set of simulated Gatling guns, complete with imitation barrel blasts, flashes., and noise.
- Digital number plate can be changed via the hidden control panel.
- A smoke screen can be pumped out through the rear exhaust pipe. The car has a supply tank which supplies an hour of safe smoke before it needs topping up.
- A special ‘skid mode- – as seen in the No Time To Die trailer when 007 fires his machine gun in a circle while performing ‘donuts’ – – comes in handy when caught in a tight spot.
Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Chris Corbould worked on fifteen James Bond films since the early 1980s and consulted with The Little Car Company on the development of the vehicle’s complex gadgets in miniature,
He said: ‘When I saw the DB5 Junior in the flesh, I was amazed at how identical it is to the full-sized car – its stunning. It’s an amazing feat of engineering.’
Although the DB5 Junior is not ‘road legal’ and can only be driven on private land, the new 007 car is classed as an authentic Aston Martin model so every owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, with their ‘junior’ cars registered for future provenance and authenticity
They will also receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club, allowing them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and their grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.
The two-thirds scale electric ‘junior’ car is based on Aston Martin’s own 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.
At 3m long, and 1.1m wide, is designed to accommodate an adult and a child side by side in supportive bucket seats.
The car is constructed from a lightweight but rigid aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body which helps keep the total weight down to around 270kg.
The 007 DB5 Junior comes in famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set, and a boot in the rear for storage. It also has working headlights, brake lights, indicators and a horn.
Power is regulated by aluminium accelerator and brake pedals. A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel has a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver.
Like the original, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the 21st century.
So the fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, the oil temperature monitors the motor temperature.
And the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
The DB5 Junior also sports the same iconic Aston Martin ‘wings’, ‘shield’ and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model.’
Also like the original, the car sits on double wishbone suspension at the front.
It rides on 10′ wire wheels and has four-wheel disc brakes with regenerative braking to help conserve and generate electric power en route.
There’s also a rally-style hydraulic handbrake which the creators say ‘while strictly not necessary, does add to the fun for the bigger kids amongst us’. There are three main driving modes: Novice, Expert and Race.
he makers said: ‘The No Time To Die edition will pay homage to the rich shared history of the brands, with Silver Birch paintwork, Smiths instruments, individually numbered chassis plates and completed with Aston Martin badging.
‘In true Bond style, this special edition boasts even greater power and range over the standard DB5 Vantage Junior, giving it a higher level of performance.’
News Source: Daily Mail