Aston Martin's Baby DB5 Is A 14-HP Track Toy

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Just don't take it on the Nurburgring.

Aston Martin builds some of the world's most desirable sports cars, and is better known for crafting gorgeous V12 engines than for making the world a greener place. Yes, the British supercar manufacturer is unashamedly behind in the EV race and only plans on manufacturing and selling EVs in 2025, by which point many other manufacturers will be on their second, or third generations.

At the moment, the brand's only real hybrid offering is the Aston Martin Valkyrie: a 1,160-horsepower hypercar, but the newest member to the family, the DB5 Junior, could be considered the company's first official EV. And as it turns out, it's quite a blast to drive around a race track. In a video posted by Aston Martin, we get to see three-time Le Mans class-winner and Aston Martin Works Racing Driver Darren Turner take the little DB5 around the Bicester Heritage test track.

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Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company

These historically accurate little EV drop-tops come with a dash of electric power and aren't just about the looks. The DB5 Junior has been tested by Aston Martin Works Racing Driver Darren Turner, and he's thoroughly impressed with what the little car can do.

"The DB5 Junior is certainly no toy," said Turner. The quality and attention to detail on the car is amazing! Driving the car was epic; a real surprise actually. I wasn't expecting so much performance from the vehicle and the handling was very authentic. Despite its reduced size, it still has all the charm and characteristics of an original DB5."

In the video, it's clear that the DB5 Junior has enough power to get the tail out, and Turner has to battle oversteer as he enters fast sweeping corners.

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Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company

With a total length of just 118 inches, and a width of 43 inches, this stocky little Aston is sure to grip hard in the corners, and the instant torque of its electric motor, combined with a trifling curb weight is the key to a good time. Every carbon-fiber DB5 Junior is hand-built using an official 3D scan of the original car, and the attention to detail is on par with production cars.

The little chassis features a front double-wishbone suspension and a live rear axle. There's even a hydraulic handbrake for those who like to pull off some tail-happy moves.

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The little EV sports car packs a 6.7 horsepower punch which gets sent straight to the rear wheels, and features four-wheel ventilated disk brakes, 10-inch wire wheels and regenerative braking. The standard battery pack offers 10-20 miles of range but can be extended with more batteries. The DB5 Junior can be enjoyed in three driving modes: Novice, which restricts power to just 1.3 hp and a 12 mph top speed, Expert with 6.7 hp and a 30 mph top speed, and finally Competition, which levels out performance and top speed for racing purposes. For those who want even more performance, there's a DB5 Vantage Junior on offer with double the power at 13.4 horses, and double the range (20-40 miles).

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Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company

Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: "We're extremely honored and proud to have had the DB5 Junior put through its paces by Darren Turner, confirming its status as an official Aston Martin. This achievement is testament to the hard work of the phenomenal team we have at The Little Car Company and reinforces that the DB5 Junior is worthy of bearing the Aston Martin wings."

Only 1,059 of these little gems will be produced, matching the number of original Aston Martin DB5 cars built between 1963 and 1965. Pricing starts at £35,000 ($46,545) plus local taxes, and goes up to £45,000 ($59,843) for the Vantage model. Interested? Aston Martin has even launched an online configurator on The Little Car Company website.

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Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company
Aston Martin/The Little Car Company

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