Over the course of the past several months, automakers have supplied us with some marvelous new high-performance machines. Presented with the sight of such beauty on four wheels, the floor space of Detroit and Geneva offers a static display rather than becoming vehicles crafted to explore motion. Building a special sports car in honour of 100 years in the automotive business, Aston Martin has decided to host their latest concept car debut in a dynamic fashion.
At Germany’s Nürburgring, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept car made its fast premiere to the public. Designed and constructed in a time span under six months, the CC100 Speedster Concept blended Aston Martin’s history as well as the perceived future in the two-seat sports car. The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept car is a modernized tribute to their DBR1 prototype sports car racing car that raced in the mid-to-late 1950s. “The need to create a truly fitting tribute to 100 years of the Aston Martin brand has brought out the creativity and talent that makes Aston Martin such an exceptional luxury sports car maker,” said Design Director Marek Reichman. Replicating the classic competition roadster’s bodylines and character, much of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept’s styling appears rather distinct from the vintage race machine. Notable on the CC100 Speedster Concept is the current-era Aston Martin front end and cabin access gained through opening half-doors. Multimatic Incorporated is brought Aston Martin’s design creation to life using carbon fiber construction. Think of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept as the DBR1 if it was designed and built using 2013 technology.
An operational concept car, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster’s heart beats with a production-based AM11 V-12 engine. The CC100 Speedster Concept’s 6-liter engine is the same powerplant used to propel Aston Martin’s modern street models such as the DB9 and Vanquish. Paired with a six-speed automated sequential manual transmission similar to the one found on V-8 powered examples of the Vantage, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept needs just a little more than four seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour. The top speed for the racing-inspired concept vehicle is electronically limited to 180 miles per hour.
The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept’s Nürburgring introduction consisted of a lap around the classic German race circuit alongside a 1959 DBR1. Respected to steer the historic Aston Martin DBR1 car around the Nürburgring race track was British motorsport legend, Sir Sterling Moss. Moss won the 1000-kilometer Nürburgring race four times over the course of his career, including twice with the Aston Martin DBR1. For the Aston Martin DBR1, the success of the race car was not limited to the Nürburgring event. In 1959, Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the DBR1 sports car.
Part of an Aston Martin presence that later included the 24-hour endurance race at the Nürburgring. A #005 and #007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is vying for overall victory in the ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring. While the CC100 Speedster Concept may influence the design future, this weekend’s race at the Nürburgring is also exhibiting advanced propulsion for Aston Martin. A Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S has been recording its first racing laps on the 15.5-mile course.
Unlike the anniversary-motivated Veneno released from Lamborghini, Aston Martin is intent on keeping the CC100 Speedster Concept as a one-off. However, the centennial-marking concept car built by Aston Martin could guide the look of future vehicles from the British premium car company.