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Aston Martin CC100 And Hydrogen-Powered Rapide To Debut This Year


Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2. Photo via Talacrest.

Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2. Photo via Talacrest.

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Luxury automaker Aston Martin continues to celebrate its centenary year in a grand manner: at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin head Ulrich Bez stated that the brand would debut an ultra-exclusive CC100 roadster at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.

As Autocar reports, only two examples of the V-12 Vantage-based open-air sports car will be built. The CC100 will reportedly blend the styling of the classic DBR1 sports racer (pictured above) with more modern design themes, but it will remain true to its race car heritage, as the design reportedly features an open cockpit, with no doors or roof.

The first CC100 to be constructed will honor Aston Martin’s 100th birthday, while the second car will commemorate Sir Sterling Moss’ victory at the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km race, behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DBR1.

Pricing for the CC100 hasn’t been established, but Bez hinted the selling price would be higher than the V12 Zagato’s 330,000 pounds ($497,145), but below the One-77’s 1.4 million pound ($2,109,100) price tag.

The CC100 won’t be the only Aston Martin debuting at the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours, either. Plans are to roll out a hydrogen hybrid Aston Martin Rapide race car, said to be good for some 500 horsepower. The car can also be fueled by gasoline, and will run under petroleum power for the bulk of the race.

Aston Martin’s goal for the car is to turn the very first “race-pace zero emissions lap” while running under hydrogen power. Bez sees this as more than just a technology statement, as he believes that hydrogen hybrids may be the best way to achieve zero-emissions transportation in the coming decades.

As if these new cars weren’t already enough, Aston Martin plans on showing two more all-new concepts at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Frankly we can’t think of a better way to commemorate a milestone birthday.
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