Gas-powered track cars? Full speed ahead.
Changes are abound at Aston Martin. Despite its decision to re-enter Formula 1 racing after a 61-year absence, the luxury and exotic car company recognizes the new reality of battery electric vehicles. The internal combustion engine is certainly on borrowed time for road cars. However, this doesn't apply to track-only cars. Automotive News Europe reports that Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has confirmed combustion-engined track-only cars will account for roughly 5 percent of the company's sales by 2030. All-electric vehicles and hybrids will account for 50 and 45 percent, respectively.
Its first battery-electric model will arrive by 2025 and will be built in the UK. Also beginning that year, every model is set to have, at the very least, a hybrid powertrain. In less than a decade, Aston Martin will cease selling purely combustion-engined street-legal sports cars, supercars, and SUVs.
Until then, a mild-hybrid version of the Aston Martin DBX will arrive later this year and a plug-in hybrid variant is due in 2023. At the complete opposite end of the lineup spectrum, Valkyrie hypercar deliveries will finally commence in the second half of the year following a two-year delay. Updates to other existing models are planned as well, so there's no immediate rush to go out and buy a combustion-engined Aston. But the countdown clock is now underway.
Aston has years of experience building track-only vehicles, such as the Vulcan and upcoming track-only Valkyrie variant. Extreme examples such as those will likely always be in demand by those who can afford them.
Aston Martin's shift towards electrification is only being made possible by its already established relationship with Mercedes-Benz, which owns a 20 percent stake in the company. Thanks to this, Aston can avoid making significant investments in both powertrains and other essential electrical components, thereby allowing itself to focus on product and the application of those Mercedes technologies.
At present, it seems Aston is still making changes to its future EV lineup. A few days ago it was confirmed the ultra-luxurious all-electric Lagonda SUV has been scrapped, though this decision is strictly due to the desire to place the EV focus on Aston Martins rather than a sub-brand.