Preparing for an Auto Career? Take a Look at the Spy Toys in the Aston Martin Continuation DB5
The new Aston Martin DB5 continuation cars run at over 3.5 million dollars apiece. Only 25 will be created, intended to closely resemble the original 1964 Goldfinger car driven by Sean Connery, for any fans of agent 007. Not only are they just like what Bond drove, but they also have working gadgets for classic spy needs, a childhood dream for many car fans.
Though the gadgets are still pending final engineering and legislative confirmation, there are some sneak peeks available that are very exciting. The catch is that none of these cars will be legal to drive on the road. Unfortunately, it’s pretty tough to abide by regulations when manufacturing a real-life, drivable spy car. That caveat aside, read on for a look at the cool features included in this awesome recreation.
A Car Designed with the Help of a Special Effects Expert
These models were created in collaboration with Chris Corbould, an English special effects coordinator. Corbould has plenty of experience with spy gadgets, after working on James Bond action scenes. With additional experience with films like The Dark Knight and Star Wars VII, it’s pretty clear that this car will be realistic and true to the fantasy.
Corbould says that one effect in particular was difficult to design: twin machine guns that live in the front of the car. On film, these fired using a combination of flammable gas and an ignition system, recreating the sound and appearance of shots being fired. As someone entering an auto career, you can appreciate that this would be a dangerous setup to install on a car. Instead, the guns use light and sound effects to simulate firing.
Weapons and Defense Tactics Prep Drivers for Imaginary Run-Ins
You’ll be inspired for your next tricked-out project car once you hear about the gadgets in this vehicle. The first element that James Bond needs in his car is weaponry, and this replica is set for the daily life of a spy. Weapon trays rest underneath the leather seats, with a spout that ejects oil slicks out of the back of the car for a slippery pursuit.
This 1:1 replica of Bond’s DB5 also comes with a rotating license plate, a phone in the driver’s side door (if you’ve forgotten your cell back in the 21st century), as well as a simulated radar tracking screen. There is a button on the gear stick, which will be highly recognizable to fans of the Bond films. It was used to eject the passenger seat, sending bad guys flying. In real life, this button doesn’t serve the function, but it still looks pretty cool.
You can see the car for yourself in this short clip:
Students in an Automotive Technology Program Might Love What’s Under This Car’s Hood
On top of the luxurious extras that come with this car, the engine is just as interesting to anyone in an auto service technician course. Under the hood is a straight-six, 282-horsepower engine, intended to closely match the original. With a top speed of 238 km/h and a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds, this engine is no prop. However, since these cars are authentic replicas, they haven’t been created to abide by modern-day regulations and can’t be taken out on the road. Surely they would cause a headache (albeit some business) for mechanics if put on the highway.
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