James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is quite the drifter, but it hides a secret under the hood

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Drifting originated in Japan in the 1970s and rose to popularity in the U.S. in the 1990s. Nowadays we have racing series dedicated to this driving technique, contested by cars specially prepped to be driven sideways. Although some drivers prefer older cars, professional drifting usually involves modern sports car. In short, you’ll never see a classic grand tourer or luxury car being thrown around the bends. Unless The Stig takes James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 for a spin.

This Video Of The STIG Drift James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 Is The Best Thing You'll See This Year
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Ridiculous you say? Well, he actually did it and Top Gear documented the unusual event in a three-minute video. The Stig drifts the old Aston Martin DB5 like there’s no tomorrow and the classic British grand tourer takes it really well. And if you think about it, it’s not even that weird to see the DB5 go sideways. Because we’ve seen James Bond drive it in anger in many installments of the iconic movie franchise.

But there's a catch. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that this DB5 sounds a bit different. That's because it's no longer an Aston Martin under the shell.
This Video Of The STIG Drift James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 Is The Best Thing You'll See This Year
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Sting is driving a James Bond movie stunt car that’s been modified to handle the abuse. The original inline-six engine is no longer under the hood, having been replaced with a six-cylinder from an E46-generation BMW M3.

It also features a manual gearbox from the same car, as well as a bespoke spaceframe chassis, and a retuned suspension that allows the rear end to go sideways. It’s also fitted with a hydraulic handbrake and its body is made from carbo-fiber, reducing weight and improving agility. It looks as authentic as a regular production DB5 on the outside, but it’s a modern drifter under that beautiful body.

Brilliant, right? Well, just look at it go through the corners.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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