It must be quite difficult for the Aston Martin designers to come up with exciting concept cars when the brand already makes and sells one of the most alluring, concept-like sportscars ever to turn a wheel; the heart-breaking one-77.
So, when the design team at the Aston HQ in Gaydon were tasked with coming up with something sweet for Aston’s centenary, rather than taking on the future-perfect silhouette of one-77, they went for a blast to the past instead, in the slippery 60s-style shape of this new CC100 Speedster Concept. And while the CC100’s exterior may look a little old school, rest assured that under that lengthy carbon hood is a traditionally-modern big V12 engine…
Well, this sounds like it could all end in expensive fragments of carbon fibre, aluminium and leather. But fear not, while this new Aston Rapide S racer will indeed be running on explosive hydrogen at next month’s 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and carrying 3.5kg of the pop-juice in four tanks – at a pressure of 350 bar! – Those tanks are ultra-high strength carbon fibre and the whole shebang has been passed for safety by the distinctly rigorous German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB. If the driver asks, those two hydrogen-fuel-tank-like tanks next to him aren’t full of hydrogen.
Aston Martin have completed the task of designing the new Vanquish admirably, it is one of the best looking cars currently on the market.
Well apart from the view from the front in my opinion, though the side-on view is near perfect. But then, Aston Martin seem to have a knack of producing good looking cars, you only have to take a peek at James Bond’s DB5 in Goldfinger to remind yourself of this. Let’s face it, any car manufacturer that can make a vehicle look good in shades of ‘sales rep silver’ has to be taken seriously.
Performance vehicle manufacturer Aston Martin has announced an updated specification for its Rapide S model, with the luxury GT having been redesigned and engineered as it attempts to retake its position as the world’s most desirable four-seat sports car.
Fitted with a new naturally-aspirated AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine, the vehicle is capable of 620 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds – shaving 0.3 seconds off its old time.
Globally-renowned luxury vehicle manufacturer Aston Martin is all set to embark on a year of celebration, with the company commemorating 100 years of production in 2013.
The firm's centenary will launch on January 15th next year and the manufacturer plans to highlight the occasion by showcasing its oldest production model in existence – the Aston Martin A3 – alongside its new Aston Martin Vanquish.