It runs and performs even better than before.
As a passionate environmentalist, Prince Charles is an advocate for alternative fuel sources. It came as no surprise, then, when we recently learned the Prince of Wales drove a Tesla Model S, which is currently for sale. Prince Charles is also a lifelong Aston Martin fan and for his 21st birthday, was gifted a gorgeous Aston Martin DB6 Volante by Queen Elizabeth II - a car he still drives today.
Rather than converting the classic British sports car into an electric restomod, Prince Charles came up with a unique solution to make the DB6 more environmentally friendly and reduce his carbon footprint. Speaking in an interview with the BBC about combating climate change, Prince Charles revealed his Aston Martin runs on wine and cheese. Yes, really.
"I've got electric cars now but it's been so difficult," he told the BBC. "My old Aston Martin, which I've had for 51 years, runs on - can you believe this - surplus English white wine, and whey from the cheese process."
Back in 2008, Green Fuels worked with Aston Martin heritage specialist RS Williams Ltd to convert the royal Aston Martin DB6 to run on bioethanol made from wine and cheese. The renewable energy source is created by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant by-products. Initially, engineers at Aston Martin were skeptical when the Prince of Wales revealed his plan to make the DB6 greener, fearing that the alternative fuel would ruin the classic sports car.
In its original specification, the DB6's 4.0-liter straight-six pumped out 282 hp. However, since the conversion Prince Charles says his cheese-and-wine-powered Aston Martin DB6 runs better and is more powerful than it was when running on gasoline. "At first, the engineers weren't convinced that the conversion would work, but I insisted that it would," Prince Charles said. "When the conversion was done, they had to admit that the car now performs better than ever."
Driving a car that runs on wine and cheese has another benefit, too: "Also, it smells delicious as you're driving along," he told The Telegraph back in 2008.