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Introducing the DB5 Junior - Aston Martin’s Newest Electric Model

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Aston Martin just introduced an all-electric version of the DB5. Wait; what? Wasn’t the DB5 discontinued back in 1965? Yes, it was, although the company built an additional 25 chassis in 2020, but this EV is not an authentic DB5. It’s a two-thirds scale version of the iconic grand tourer. It’s called the DB5 Junior to reflect its smaller scale, and it’s being built in cooperation with The Little Car Company.

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior looks like the rear deal

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Even though it's smaller than the original DB5 at three meters (118.1 inches) long and 1.1 meters (43.3 inches) wide, the DB5 Junior is an exact replica of the legendary grand tourer.

All the iconic details are present, including the oval headlamps, the almost trapezoidal grille, the aluminum bumpers, and the wire wheels. But unlike the original DB5, it’s not available as a coupe. Aston Martin is building convertible models only so that the driver and passenger won’t have issues with headroom while inside the car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is a two-seater

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While the original DB5 was a 2+2 car, offering room for smaller adults in the rear, the DB5 Junior has only two seats. Because the car is just three meters long, it’s impossible to add a second row of seats, no matter how small. Although it might seem like a car designed for kids, Aston Martin says that an adult will fit behind the steering wheel. "The DB5 Junior is designed to easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side, to allow different generations to share the love of driving," the British company explains in a press release.

Just like the full-size car, the DB5 Junior features functional Smiths instruments in the dashboard, a working battery meter instead of the fuel gauge, and a Smiths clock in front of the passenger seat.

The steering wheel is also smaller, and it features a racing-style quick-release system to make entry and exit easier. The seats are wrapped in black leather, and the trunk is fully functional.

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior isn’t as powerful as you may think

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Aston Martin cars are usually powerful and fast, but the DB5 Junior isn’t one of them, which makes sense given the size. The standard model is powered by a 5kW electric motor that cranks out 6.7 horsepower. This is enough to reach a top speed of 30 mph. It’s not much, but the DB5 Junior tips the scales at only 270 kg (about 595 pounds), so the power-to-weight ratio isn’t bad for a small-scale car. Opt for the Vantage version, and output increases to 13.4 horsepower. This version also comes with a higher top speed, but Aston Martin has yet to test it properly.

Both variants are powered by removable battery packs stored under the hood. The base model runs for up to 20 miles on a single charge, while the Vantage version is capable of 40 miles. Both figures depend on the driving style, but the minimum rating is set at 10 and 20 miles, respectively.

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The DB5 Junior rides on a double-wishbone suspension in the front and a live axle in the rear, just like the original car.

It comes with disc brakes at all four corners. The Vantage model includes a limited-sleep differential and a carbon-fiber body. The battery can be swapped in second to avoid recharging, and you can also add a second pack to the regular model to obtain the range of the Vantage version.

The small EV also has three selectable driving modes. There’s a Novice mode with just 1.3 horsepower and a top speed of 12 mph for less experienced drivers and an Expert mode with the full power and top speed. The third Race mode is a Balance of Performance type of setup that allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be aligned with other Little Car Company models for competition. This mode was designed specifically for the membership to the Little Car Club that comes with DB5 Junior, allowing clients to take part in exclusive events for small-scale cars.

Aston Martin DB5 specifications
Engine 4.0-liter, DOHC, inline-six-cylinder
Output 282 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
Torque 280 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm
Compression ratio 8.9:1
Bore x stroke 3.78 x 3.62 inches
Performance 0-60 mph 8.0 seconds
0-100 mph >20 seconds
0-100-0 mph >30 seconds
Top speed 143 mph

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is expensive

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It may be little, but the DB5 Junior is far from cheap.

The base DB5 Junior starts from £35,000 plus local taxes, while the Vantage version comes in at £45,000 (about $46,660 and $59,990 as of August 2020).

Definitely more affordable than other Aston Martins, but as expensive as a midsize sedan or well-equipped SUV.

Aston Martin will build 1,059 little cars starting in 2021. The production run will match that of the original DB5. Three cars will be kept by Aston Martin and The Little Car Company, and 1,056 will be sold to customers. Owners of original DB5 cars will be offered first the opportunity to have a DB5 Junior with a matching chassis number to their car. Every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, and three complete registers of the individual specification of all 1,059 vehicles will be created for future provenance and authenticity.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE | AUGUST 2020

Aston Martin DB5 Junior: The celebration of an icon for a new generation

Aston Martin and The Little Car Company are collaborating to create the Aston Martin DB5 Junior, an electric two-thirds scale version of the brand’s most iconic car
Two versions are available, the DB5 Junior and the DB5 Vantage Junior
With only 1059 vehicles being built, there will be exactly the same number of DB5 Juniors as there were of the original DB5. Owners of original cars will be offered first the opportunity to have a DB5 Junior with a matching chassis number to their car
27 August 2020, Bicester Heritage, UK: Aston Martin and The Little Car Company today announce the DB5 Junior, a two-thirds scale electric junior car. Developed over the last 15 months as a collaboration between the two companies, the junior car is based on Aston Martin’s reference 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.

DB5 Junior Specifications

At around 3m long, and 1.1m wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side, to allow different generations to share the love of driving. The aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body provide a very rigid platform whilst keeping the total weight down to around 270kg. Powered by a torque-laden electric powertrain delivering 5kW / 6.7 bhp to the rear wheels, the drivers will be grateful for the integrated bucket seat as they accelerate to the 30mph top speed.

Absolute authenticity was key throughout the development of the vehicle. For example, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin ‘wings’, ‘shield’ and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model. Like its big brother, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the modern era. The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. Finally, the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.

A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel sits in front of the dash, but now sports a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver. Power is regulated by billet aluminium accelerator and brake pedals, and as you would expect there are working headlights, brake lights, indicators and a horn.

In true DB5 style, the car comes in the famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set. There is even a boot / trunk at the rear for storage should you wish.

The car sits on double wishbone suspension at the front as per the original, with the roll centre and camber gain matching the original geometry. At the rear there is the period-correct live axle, with authentic upper and lower trailing arm suspension and Panhard rod.

Power is transmitted to the ground through 10” wire wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. A removable battery pack is stored under the opening bonnet, giving 10-20 miles (16-32km) driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.

The junior car also has three integrated selectable driving modes:

A Novice mode with just 1kW / 1.3 bhp of power for less experienced drivers with a 12mph (19kmh) top speed. In this mode a remote kill switch is included allowing the car to be remotely disabled at up to 30m. And if an enthusiastic novice disappears outside that 30m range, the car will automatically shut down and come to a gentle halt.
An Expert mode is provided for more experienced drivers with 5kW / 6.7bhp of power and a 30mph (48kmh) top speed.
Finally Race mode is a “Balance of Performance” (BOP) setting which allows the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle to be aligned with other Little Car Company models for competition on an even playing field.
And finally, for the ultimate driving experience, a rally-style hydraulic handbrake is included. While strictly not necessary, it does add to the fun for the bigger kids amongst us.

Even more performance from the Vantage model

The Vantage version of the original DB5 was known for its performance upgrade. Now, the DB5 Vantage Junior takes the pace up a level, too. Whilst this elite model has the three driving modes of the standard car, there is also a fourth; Vantage mode, operated by a hidden ‘missile’ switch which doubles the power output to 10kW / 13.4bhp and increases the top speed to a still unconfirmed level. This output is now delivered to the wheels through a Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) to improve traction at high speed. Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre body and a second battery pack, doubling the range to 20-40 miles (32-64km) depending on driving style.

Revisiting an icon

Owners will be invited to customise their DB5 Juniors either with a range of representative period exterior and interior colours or perhaps delve into Aston Martin’s contemporary palette, to match their full-size car. The cars will also come with a range of optional accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.

Every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, three complete registers of the individual specification of all 1059 vehicles will be created for future provenance and authenticity. One copy will be held at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters, one at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell (where the original DB5s were built) and one at The Little Car Company’s headquarters.

In addition, all clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, said: “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.”

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’.”

Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior from 27th August 2020 to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place.

Pricing for the DB5 Junior begins at £35,000 plus local taxes, while the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior starts from £45,000 plus local taxes. Existing Aston Martin DB5 owners will be given first refusal on their DB5 Junior chassis number to match their full-size car.

Production commences in the UK in 2021, with deliveries taking place worldwide over the next two years. All final specifications to be confirmed before production commences.

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