Aston Martin is planning to create the limited-edition version of the definitive James Bond Car- Aston Martin DB5, 1964 model. In association with the James Bond film producer EON Productions, the automaker will be building 25 “Goldfinger DB5s”, with a straight six, 282 horsepower and 3,9995cc motor which will allow a maximum speed of 145 mph. The famous revolving license plate and other gadgets are also present in this exquisite model built by the Oscar winning James Bond effects supervisor Chris Corbould.
Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin said, “To own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars … is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy,”.
Aston Martin hasn’t disclosed yet which other gadgets the Goldfinger DB5 would include but can safely rule out the bulletproof windshield, machine guns, radar and passenger seat ejector. It is speculated that not to expect airbags, seatbelts and other safety measures as this car is considered not legal in the road. The car is expected is to be out for sale soon for $3.5 million plus tax.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced the implementation of virtual registration cards valid for a lifetime starting from August 1. The permanent virtual registration cards will be issued without an expiry date and will eventually replace the existing plastic cards which are issued annually after the renewal of the vehicle registration. This new technological advancement is considered as the third and final phase of adoption of the life registration system with taxis, commercial vehicle and rental cars covered in the two phases of the project which commenced earlier this year.
Sultan Al Marzouqi, Director of RTA’s Licensing said, “The new system will ensure that no plastic cards are issued every year, while the virtual cards will also come without an expiry date. This means a person will register his vehicle once when he buys it and later it is renewed annually after the purchase of insurance and passing of the technical test,” on the recent implementation.
The renewal of the registration can be done either through RTA’s Dubai Drive mobile application, through the website www.rta.ae and also through the call centre (8009090) after the vehicle inspection or the technical test is conducted which is mandatory for all the vehicles aged more than three years. The Director also added, “As soon as the renewal is done, the motorist will get an email copy of the e-registration card and it will also reflect on the personal dashboard of the RTA’s app”. Even though the e-registration card will be accepted at all the borders and foreign countries, the Director advised the motorists who are travelling outside the country to print the registration card if in case of an emergency.