Warwickshire car-maker Aston Martin has unveiled a one-off high-speed concept car as part of its centenary celebrations.
The CC100 Speedster Concept was billed as a fusion of the past and the future - harking back to the the legendary DBR1 racing car of the 1950s - whilst also offering a glimpse of the firm’s future design direction.
The 6.0-litre V12, which has an electronically limted top speed of 180mph, made its world debut by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.
To mark the occasion it was joined by the 1,000 km race-winning 1959 DBR1, with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.
The new concept car was driven by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, part of a 100-plus Aston Martin vehicle parade at the Nordschleife, who 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!
“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 – the thing that differentiates us from all the other car makers out there – is as powerful as ever.”
Designed and constructed at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, working with supplier Multimatic, under the leadership of special projects and motorsport director David King, the finished look of the two-seater CC100 was the work of design director Marek Reichman working alongside the brand’s chief exterior designer Miles Nurnberger. Mr Nurnberger said: “The brief was very simple, yet enormously testing - create something that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future of the brand.
“The idea of an iconic speedster concept that nods to the Le Mans ? and Nürburgring – winning cars of 1959 soon came and we have had complete freedom to shape this car.”