Prince Charles’ Aston Martin Runs On Wine And Cheese

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.

Prince Charles Reveals His Royal 1970 Aston Martin Volante Runs On White Wine And Cheese. Here’s Why

A strong advocate of climate concerns, Prince Charles revealed that he had his Aston Martin changed to run on surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process, in a bit to reduce tailpipe emissions.

The Aston Martin in question is the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante

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The Aston Martin in question is the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante

The Royal garage is full of exotic cars from British manufacturers that are certain to please car aficionados. And these aren’t just the modern examples but vintage and classic cars that will make you envy the royal life. Sharing one such example of his royal garage, Prince Charles recently shared that his blue 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante, gifted to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, now runs on waste products, surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process to be precise. Prince Charles was speaking to BBC climate editor, Justin Rowlatt, in a recent interview, wherein he was answering questions about climate change.


Prince Charles says his request to change the fuel source on the Aston Martin was initially met with a bit of resistance

Revealing more about his vintage car, Prince Charles described the more practical ways he was incorporating his passion for the environment into everyday life. One of those ways, he says, has been converting the fuel source on his Aston Martin.

“My old Aston Martin, that runs now on waste products,” he said. “It runs on, can you believe this, surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process.”

Charles insisted the Aston Martin engineers find him an alternate fuel source, he says. He was initially met with some resistance. The engineers apparently told him that “Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing.”

However, the prince was adamant about having it changed. He said, “Well I won’t drive it then, so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol.”


The 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante was gifted to Prince Charles by the Queen on his 21st birthday

This wouldn’t be the first instance where the Royal Family has changed the powertrain on their vintage cars to make them more eco-friendly whilst preserving the vehicle in its original form. More prominently, the Jaguar E-Type with an electric heart was featured in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018. The electric powertrain was developed by Rimac as part of the electric Jaguar E-Type Zero project. The car has been modified in such a way that it can go back to its straight-six motor, should the owner ever wishes to.

Prince Charles also revealed that he also battled to change the royal train to run on used cooking oil in order to lower emissions. Charles says he has been a staunch advocate of climate concerns but was “ridiculed for long.” He also shared that he is “deeply worried” about the world he will leave behind for his grandchildren.


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Lunaz launches electrified Aston Martin DB6 with 255-mile range

British engineering firm Lunaz has pulled the wraps off its latest project – an all-electric conversion for the Aston Martin DB6. It’s available to order now, ahead of landing with owners in 2023.

Lunaz hasn’t fixed a specific price to the car, as it says each will be tailor-made to the buyer’s taste. However, as a guide, the firm says each will exceed $1 million (around £737,000).

Like all of Lunaz’s projects- such as a converted original Range Rover, plus 1953 Jaguar XK120 and 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom conversions – work on the electrified Aston Martin DB6 starts with a bare-metal restoration of the car’s bodywork and chassis. But before the engineers start the conversion they put the car on corner scales to get an idea of its weight distribution, so they can then replicate its handling balance once the electric powertrain has been fitted.

From the outside, Lunaz’s electrified DB6 looks identical to the standard petrol-powered classic, with the only giveaway being the missing exhaust pipe. There’s not much left of the original car underneath, though, as the firm has fitted modern brakes, uprated suspension and reworked steering to cope with the electric powertrain.

The DB6’s cabin gets an equally modern overhaul, with buyers offered luxuries such as air conditioning, WiFi connectivity and a bang-up-to-date infotainment system with sat-nav.

Lunaz has even tried to push some sustainability into the electrified DB6’s interior design, to complement its green EV powertrain. For example, the carpets are made from recycled fishing nets recovered from the sea – and Lunaz says the finish matches that of lambswool.

The firm’s engineers also try to reuse what it can from the donor cars wherever possible, to help reduce waste. So, the seat frames and interior trim are pulled apart and refinished by a team of specialist automotive trimmers and fine furniture makers.

It’s driven by Lunaz’s in-house developed electric powertrain, which is used across most of the company’s EV conversions. Lunaz is yet to confirm the performance specifications for the DB6 EV, but the firm’s electrified take on the Jaguar XK120 had a maximum output of 375bhp and 700Nm of torque.

Buyers can choose from several battery packs, ranging between 80 and 120kWh in size – and, unlike some EV conversion companies, the cells are sourced new from Tier 1 suppliers rather than being scavenged from crashed cars. The biggest battery pack allows a maximum range of 255 miles, and every option comes with standard support for a CCS rapid charger.

Every vehicle will be assembled at Lunaz’s headquarters at the Silverstone Technology Park by a team of 100 engineers, who have been cherry-picked from companies such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, McLaren and Rolls-Royce.

Jon Hilton is Lunaz’s Managing Director and Technical Lead. Motorsport fans will recognise that name, as he was the head of Renault F1’s engine division between 2003 and 2006, right when the team won back-to-back world titles with Fernando Alonso.

Hilton said: “Re-engineering and electrification delivers the ultimate Aston Martin driving experience. We are proud of our work creating a dynamic, engaging and truly usable expression of one of the great icons of British automotive heritage.”

Lunaz has also now gained enough traction as a brand to attract some celebrity endorsement, with David Beckham recently signing up as an investor for the company.

He said: “As an investor in Lunaz and a huge car enthusiast I’m delighted to see this new development which completes the company’s line up of British auto icons. I’m proud to be involved with a talented team that is leading the field in creating sustainable solutions.”

Now click here to read about Lunaz’s electrified version of the original Range Rover… 


Fisker set to open ‘Magic Works’ UK engineering base

US electric car start-up Fisker has confirmed that it plans to open a UK engineering centre, to be headed up by former Aston Martin exec David King.

Fisker Magic Works, as it will be called, is set to work on low-volume, rapid-development vehicle programmes and special versions of Fisker models – a similar brief to King’s previous work where he was in charge of Aston Martin Special Operations.

Fisker CEO and Chairman, Henrik Fisker said, “We are on full speed to deliver four distinct vehicle lines by 2025, driving innovation forward and pushing radical new ideas into the global car market.

“Fisker Magic Works provides us with an opportunity to create sustainable and fantastic vehicles outside the confines of established industry segments. Bringing on David King further strengthens our engineering and creative expertise, and I’ve already assigned him two exciting projects which will showcase our capability in highly specialised materials and technologies designed especially for the eco-conscious automotive enthusiast.”

David King commented: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to create a new engineering center dedicated to bringing amazing ideas to life. Having spent my career working on vehicles with high displacement gasoline engines, I am relishing working with the design and engineering freedom that electrification provides.”

Fisker is set to launch its first car, the Fisker Ocean, at next month’s LA motor show. The five-door all-electric model is built with sustainability in mind and comes with a vegan interior option and solar panels in the roof. Prices in the US start at $37,499 before any EV subsidies but plus taxes, with Fisker claiming a range of up to 350 miles.

UK sales of the Ocean are likely to start in 2023, direct to consumers rather than via dealers or through an all-inclusive subscription service via finance provider Onto. Fisker has also confirmed that the brand’s first UK experience centre will open in London.

Click here for our list of the best electric cars on sale in the UK…


Hot Aston Martin DBX S spied with V12 powerplant rumoured

Aston Martin is preparing a new, even higher-performance variant of the DBX SUV, possibly using V12 power and badged DBX S. And our spies have captured it in the hands of the brand’s engineers. 

As our spy shots reveal, the design of the DBX S will be markedly more aggressive than the original DBX. A new, much larger grille takes centre stage at the front, which loses the horizontal slats of the standard car in favour of a black mesh.

The front bumper has been restyled around the new grille, with a single, deep air vent that spans the width of the front end, and rises either side of the main radiator grille. The enlarged vents have been designed to cool a more potent powerplant than before, which could either be a tuned version of the DBX’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged AMG V8, or the brand’s own 5.2-litre V12.

Reports from our spies suggest that the exhaust note of the DBX S matched that of Aston Martin’s V12-powered coupe’s, the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. If the DBX S is to go head-to-head with super SUVs like the 631bhp Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and 626bhp Bentley Bentayga Speed, a V12 would provide the firepower to do so.

Aston Martin currently offers the AMG-derived V12 in various states of tune, from 600bhp in the DB11 to a thumping 715bhp in the DBS. Somewhere in between is the DB11 AMR, which is fitted with a 630bhp version – if the DBX S does indeed utilize a V12, this is the output we’d expect, to bring it squarely into line with its rivals.

However, the 542bhp 4.0-litre V8 of the standard DBX can also be stretched for more power, as demonstrated by the flat-plane crank unit fitted to the Mercedes AMG-GT Black Series, which produces 720bhp. Installing a more potent V8 into the DBX will be simpler, and cheaper, than packaging in a V12. 

Aside from the new nose, this pre-production model is largely unchanged from the original DBX, save for a set of quad-tailpipes that replace the twin setup of the standard car. The rear ducktail and full-width light bar remain, along with the roof spoiler, which is designed to expel water from the rear window at speed.

Under the skin, the DBX S will use a revised adaptive air suspension setup with a more sporting calibration, for added handling sharpness. The new hardcore variant is set to form part of a staple of new DBX models, beginning with a six-cylinder mild-hybrid version before the end of this year and a plug-in hybrid in the wings too. The DBX S is expected to arrive in early 2022.

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Aston Martin DB6 Reborn As Slick Electric Sports Car

“The introduction of electric Aston Martin DB6 cars has been driven by sustained demand from our existing clients. It also reflects the desires of an entirely new classic car buyer,” said David Lorenz, founder and CEO at Lunaz Group. “These women and men have been drawn to Lunaz because for the first time they are presented with the powertrain and modern conveniences of today, clothed in a design that speaks of an era when aesthetic purity was the only requirement.”Every electrified DB6 will be assembled at Lunaz’s headquarters at the Silverstone Technology Park by a team of 100 engineers who have worked for Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, McLaren and Rolls-Royce.Exact pricing details are being kept under wraps, but each electric Aston Martin DB6 will cost over $1 million. First deliveries are planned for Q3, 2023. Lunaz is also accepting commissions for electrified Aston Martin DB5s to channel your inner James Bond as well as electrified DB4s.

We Hope Aston Martin’s Electric Supercar Looks This Good

That, and style. They are achingly beautiful cars, and an amateur car designer recently sorted that problem for Aston Martin.The car you see here was created by Dejan Hristov using nothing more than Adobe Photoshop. Isn’t it great how software democratized the design process?It’s called the Vanteon, which is an epic name. The word doesn’t have a definition or a story, though it is already used in the telecommunications industry. To us, a Vanteon sounds like the double lightsaber used by Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. “Bow before me, or I shall cut you down with my trusty double-bladed lightsaber, Vanteon.”The car itself looks just as cool as Maul’s chosen weapon. It uses historic Aston Martin design cues while incorporating new design features.

Jaguar XF Joins The Land Rover Defender In The Latest James Bond Flick No Time To Die

The Jaguar XF will be a part of the chase sequence in the latest bond film No Time To Die, and joins other Land Rover cars, Triumph motorcycles and Aston Martin vehicles in the movie.

The Jaguar XF was part of a chase sequence weaving through narrow streets and on cobbled steps

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The Jaguar XF was part of a chase sequence weaving through narrow streets and on cobbled steps

Jaguar Land Rover are one of the official partners for the latest James Bond flick, No Time To Die. The movie has been awaiting a release for a while but the 25th Bond film and finally hit the theatres globally including India on September 30, 2021. The movie will see actor Daniel Craig reprise his role as the MI6 agent for the last time, and joining him will be a slew of JLR cars including the Land Rover Defender as well as the Jaguar XF. In fact, it’s for the first time that the XF will feature in the 007 universe.

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The Jaguar XF is the newest JLR offering to join the 007 universe

Without sharing any spoilers, Jaguar tells us that the XF will be part of a thrilling chase sequence. The filming for this sequence took place in Matera in the south of Italy, with two XF saloons weaving through the narrow, twisting city streets, driving across piazzas and down cobbled steps in pursuit of the agent. It’s also a part of a few scenes shot in London.

Chris Corbould, No Time To Die’s special effects and action vehicle supervisor, said, “The Jaguar XF was an exciting choice for this high-intensity car sequence. We always look to push the boundaries to extreme limits in our stunts, and this extends to the capabilities of the vehicles too. There is no compromise with this particular scene. There were only inches to spare in the narrow alleyways and no margin for error, the XF shows its performance and driving dynamics.”


The Land Rover Defender makes dramatic jumps in the newest Bond film


Anna Gallagher, Jaguar Brand Director, said, “The Jaguar XF is a car designed to tackle any journey with an unrivalled balance of luxury, comfort and refinement. Whether it’s a high-speed pursuit through twisting streets and piazzas of Southern Italy, where the car filmed it’s No Time To Die chase sequences, or the bustling streets of London – the XF really is a car for every occasion.”

Apart from the Jaguar XF, the new Land Rover Defender will also be a part of the movie along with Triumph Motorcycles, and of course, Aston Martin cars. No Time To Die is now playing in theatres worldwide.

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Watch The Aston Martin DB5 Get A Workout In No Time To Die

The DB5 made a brief appearance at the end of the last film, 2015’s Spectre, but will be seeing a lot more action in No Time to Die.Ahead of the film’s release, Aston Martin has released a new video giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the opening car chase featuring the DB5. As No Time to Die’s Action Vehicle Supervisor Neil Layton explains, each car is set up specifically for each stunt, whether it’s being rammed by a Range Rover or drifting through narrow alleyways. Five replica DB5s were built for the film. Each car was modified with a rollcage and a hydraulic handbrake system to make it slide around corners more dramatically.

Ex McLaren Team Boss Martin Whitmarsh Joins Aston Martin As Group CEO Of Performance Division

Whitmarsh will be the group CEO for the new Performance Technologies division which will operate under the ambit of the Aston Martin F1 team.

The former McLaren boss will be the group CEO of Aston Martins new performance technologies division

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The former McLaren boss will be the group CEO of Aston Martins new performance technologies division

Martin Whitmarsh is a day that is always going to be synonymous with the time Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were duelling with each other at the Woking-based team. He left F1 in 2014 and now he has come back from the wilderness to join Aston Martin which is making the boldest investment in F1 since McLaren itself. He joins the team as the group CEO of its performance division as a part of owner Lawrence Stroll’s continued quest for excellence at the team. Last year, Stroll brought in 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to the team after rebranding what was the Racing Point F1 team to Aston Martin after his consortium gained control of the Aston Martin Lagonda motorcar company, where he is executive chairman. Whitmarsh starts his new stint in F1 after a hiatus of 7 years where he was the McLaren team principal under whose tutelage Lewis Hamilton had thrived with the team till he decided to leave for Mercedes. 

 “I am very pleased to announce that Martin [Whitmarsh] will be joining us as Group Chief Executive Officer of the new Aston Martin Performance Technologies, from October 1st 2021. Martin will enjoy senior leadership responsibility and will assist and support me in setting the new strategic direction for Aston Martin Performance Technologies and its subsidiaries, including the crucial objective of leading the transformation of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team into a Formula One World Championship-winning organisation within the next four to five years, and evolving it into a £1 billion business over a similar time period,” Stroll said at the announcement. 

“Martin has enjoyed a long, successful and high-profile career, spanning the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and renewable-energy sectors. Moreover, he is a proven winner in Formula 1. He is therefore the ideal person for the job of working with me and our senior management team to lead and inspire our workforce to future success both on and off track,” he added. 

There had been rumours that Whitmarsh could join Aston Martin in some capacity, but most were centred around the road car business, but it turns out he bagged a huge role with the F1 team, a role that has been created for him. The performance division will be a new unit, something similar to McLaren technologies and Red Bull technologies where the team will be developing and applying its technical capabilities and IP as a business and it will just not operate as an R&D unit for the enhancement of performance on the race track. 


Stroll has been a shrewd operator, he built a close relationship with Mercedes as well 

“I am delighted to have been appointed by Lawrence [Stroll] to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of the new Aston Martin Performance Technologies, from October 1st 2021,” Whitmarsh said upon the shock confirmation. I have known and admired Lawrence for many years, and I have always been extremely impressed by his formidable business acumen and his seemingly inexhaustible ambition,” Whitmarsh said at the appointment. 

“Equally, I have always respected ‘Team Silverstone’, if I can call it that, which has often punched above its weight under its various previous incarnations, and which now has the weight with which to punch harder than ever before. Lawrence intends Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team to win Formula One World Championships, plain and simple, and I would not have joined him in that endeavour unless I was utterly convinced that it was an entirely achievable aim,” he added. 

“I know what it takes to win in Formula One, and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and backed by the skill, passion and resolve of the workforce, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure that our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined that it should be,” Whitmarsh signalled. 


Apart from the hiring of Whitmarsh, Aston Martin has raided a lot of technical talent from Red Bull. It has broken ground on a new factory which will be the first F1 facility in the UK since the McLaren technology centre and is also building its own wind tunnel with an intent to become a world championship-winning team in 5 years.

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