We brought you news of the hydrogen powered Aston Martin Rapide S making its way to the gruelling Nürburgring 24 Hours. Finally, it was Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez who made history by driving the first ever zero CO2 emissions lap in an international motor race in the manufacturer’s #100 Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car at the 41st ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Based on Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated Rapide S, the 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbocharged prototype punches out 550 bhp and goes from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds. The Rapide S runs on a blend of gasoline and gaseous hydrogen.
Dr Bez commented: “We exceeded our already very ambitious target of completing a full lap of the Nürburgring and went on to cover 40 km in race conditions – nearly two laps – before the car automatically and smoothly switched to gasoline power.”
The intention of Aston Martin during the gruelling 24-hour endurance race is that it will complete at least one lap in each stint on pure hydrogen.