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Lunaz unveils design concept for world's 'most sustainable' Aston Martin

24 November 2023
The Lunaz Aston Martin at its HQ in Silverstone
The Lunaz Aston Martin at its HQ in Silverstone

Silverstone-based electric vehicle (EV) conversion firm Lunaz has unveiled the concept for what it called the 'world's most sustainable' Aston Martin.

Its latest upcycled Aston Martin DB6 underscores the company's commitment to reducing pollution, it said, and features a wealth of sustainable materials, including a veneer made from egg and nut shells and plastic replacement using corn and wood fibres.

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While only at design stage, Lunaz said all these innovations are production-ready, and many have already been used on previous classic cars electrified and elevated by the company.

"This upcycling project provides a wonderful showcase for emerging materials and innovative products, which are opening up new possibilities across the luxury world," said David Lorenz, the founder of Lunaz.

"As this magnificent [Aston Martin] DB6 shows, we can create authentic, truly luxurious interiors worthy of the most famous marques using materials with the smallest possible environmental impact."

The concept includes Lunaz; proprietary modular electric powertrain, developed entirely in-house and comprised of European-sourced Tier 1 OEM battery cells and motors.

Among the sustainable features, the dashboard face, gear shifter and three-quarter glass handle are finished in a composite material produced from discarded egg and nut shells combined with an organic, biodegradable binder.

The fabric used in the seat upper flutes and door card accent is a blend of 66% post-industrial recycled cotton, 27% polyester, 6% rayon and 1% nylon.

The classic car's door cards are finished in a bio-based PU fabric constructed from a blend of renewable plant-based materials, including corn and wood pulp-based fibres, Lunaz revealed.

Lorenz said: "It's an exceptional marriage of materials and methods that elevates automotive interiors beyond anything available in the market."

Lunaz was founded in 2018 and following the launch of the world's first Bentley, Jaguar, Range Rover and Rolls-Royce sportscars secured growth capital investment in 2021 from leading institutional names, including the Barclay, Dellal and Reuben families and David Beckham.

Last month, it emerged that comedian Jack Whitehall had also given the company backing, with his investment being used for a venture, which involves converting Biffa’s diesel bin lorries into pure-electric vehicles (EVs).

Aston Martin is headquartered in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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