Aston Martin promised at the Geneva Motorshow that they will unveil a very special car to mark its centenary celebrations. The British owned marquee unveiled the CC100 Speedster Concept at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The Aston Martin CC100 made its debut by doing a lap together with the 1959 DBR1 - the model that was the inspiration.
Yet again, it was Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, who got a chance to sit behind the wheel of the CC100. It was only two days ago that he piloted the hydrogen powered Aston Martin Rapide S around the Nürburgring. On the occasion he said, “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!”
Designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, the Aston Martin CC100 has both the body and the interior made of carbon fiber.
Powered by the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine, the engine is mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission and a sprint from 0-100km/h takes a little over 4 seconds. Top speed on the other hand is limited to 290 km/h.
Its inspiration- the DBR1- was built in 1956 to race in the World Sportscar Championship and other races of the era. The DBR1 came with a 2.5-litre straight-six-cylinder 250bhp engine, which had a lot to do with its 1959 victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The DBR1 project was scrapped after their victory in 1959 and but it remains to-date the most sought after Aston Martin collector cars.
Bez futher commented “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."