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Aston Martin CC100
Aston Martin’s radical CC100 Speedster Concept breaks onto the scene
- World debut for stunning brand-new CC100 Speedster Concept
- Naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 with automatic sequential manual gearbox
- Features hint at prospective future layout direction
Aston Martin is commemorating its centenary in world-class style with the debut today (19 May) of the remarkable CC100 Speedster Concept. Developed as a magnificent event of the excellent British brand name’s 100 years of sports car excellent history, the one-off CC100 looks both to the past and the DBR1– Aston Martin’s greatest sporting accomplishment on the track– and to the future with its foreshadowing of possible future design direction.
The 6.0-litre V12-powered concept auto today makes its world debut by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring race. It is lapping the circuit together with the 1000km race-winning 1959 DBR1 with British auto racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. It is the most tangible expression yet of the brand’s year-long 2013 centenary parties.
Viewed by tens of hundreds of fortunate spectators in Germany, the extreme speedster is being driven today by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. He pointed out: “The Aston Martin CC100 is the embodiment of everything that is great concerning Aston Martin. It represents our great sporting ancestry, our exceptional layout capability, our superb design expertise and, above all, our daring spirit!
“I have actually nicknamed it ‘DBR100’ due to its affinity to the excellent 1959 race-winning vehicles and, obviously, our 100-year anniversary in 2013. But this auto is a lot more, also, than a straightforward ‘birthday party present’ to ourselves: it shows that the soul of Aston Martin– the thing that separates us from all the various other automobile makers around– is as powerful as ever and hopefully everyone which sees it at the Nurburgring today appreciates seeing it.”
Designed and built in less than six months at Aston Martin’s worldwide headquarters in Gaydon, working with key vendor Multimatic Inc, under the management of Special Projects and Motorsport Director David King, the completed appearance of the two-seater Aston Martin CC100 is the job of Design Director Marek Reichman working along with the brand name’s Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.
Far described: “The task was extremely basic, yet tremendously daunting: make something that mirrors the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future of the brand.
Marek Reichman said: “I’m very happy with the whole team at Gaydon for producing this amazing sports car concept in such a short time. The need to develop an absolutely suitable tribute to 100 years of the Aston Martin brand has actually emphasized the ingenuity and skill that makes Aston Martin such an exceptional deluxe cars producer.”
Measuring practically four and a fifty percent metres nose to tail, and beyond two metres wide (including the mirrors) the Speedster Concept body is a timeless instance of the practically infinitely flexible attributes of Aston Martin’s trademark Vertical Horizontal engineering ideology.
With a body and interior crafted from carbon fiber, tooled and given by low volume experts Multimatic, the CC100 utilizes the latest generation AM11 normally aspirated V12 gas engine mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated consecutive manual transmission. Controlled through guiding column-mounted paddle shifts, the lightweight ‘box provides really sporting changes completely matched to the Speedster’s track-focused attributes.
The drivetrain will power the CC100 from rest to 62 mph in a little over four secs, while the full throttle is limited to 180 miles per hour.
Dr Bez intimated: “The future of Aston Martin is more exciting now than perhaps at any moment in its history and I’m anticipating seeing the excitement and expectancy that CC100 develops amongst Aston Martin fanatics and owners worldwide.”