The full details of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept have emerged; this comes a few hours after it was teased. The company has launched yet another model to celebrate its 100 years of existence; this comes a few months later after launching the centenary edition models.
This speedster is not a surprise to those who have followed Aston Martin’s racing career closely. Let’s travel back to the past, in 1956, Aston Martin created the DBR1 sports car which which is well known for the win at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car competed in 18 races and won 8 of them thanks to the 2.5 L and 2.9 L straight six engine at the time.
Back to the future, the new Speedster has everything new from Aston Martin including their new AM11 engine-a 6.0 liter V12 engine that does a limted top speed of 180mph and a 0-100km/h in less than 5 seconds. It’s mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission, controlled via steering column-mounted paddle shifts.
The concept speedster makes its debut today where it’s expected to complete a lap at the Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. They will merge the past with the future by letting the 1959 DBR1 race alongside it. As for the DBR1, this will be a walk in the woods as this is where it made the various 1000km Nürburgring wins including that of 1959 with Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman driving.
The the radical speedster will be driven by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez who made the following remarks;
CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin. It represents our fantastic sporting heritage, our exceptional design capability, our superb engineering know-how and, above all, our adventurous spirit!
I have nicknamed it ‘DBR100’ because of its affinity to the great 1959 race-winning cars and, of course, our 100-year anniversary in 2013.
But this car is more, even, than a simple ‘birthday present’ to ourselves: it shows that the soul of Aston Martin – the thing that differentiates us from all the other car makers out there – is as powerful as ever and I very much hope that everyone who catches a glimpse of it at the Nürburgring today enjoys seeing it.
Just like the Lamborghini Aventador J Roadster, this CC100 Speedster was also completed in a very short time, less than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon. The project was done alongside key supplier Multimatic Inc, under the leadership of Special Projects and Motorsport Director David King, Design Director Marek Reichman and the brand’s Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.
This is what Miles explained:
The brief was very simple, yet enormously testing: create something that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future of the brand.
The idea of an iconic speedster concept that nods to the Le Mans − and Nürburgring – winning cars of 1959 soon came, and we have had complete freedom to shape this car.
The car measures almost four and a half metres nose to tail, and more than two metres wide including mirrors. The body and interior are all crafted from carbon fiber!