Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years in the sports car industry in world-class style by introducing its CC100 Speedster Concept.
The one-off concept car looks to Aston Martin's past and to the DBR1, which is the British brand's biggest sporting triumph on track, as well as to the future with a preview of its potential design direction.
Moreover, the 6-liter V12-powered Aston Martin CC100 made its global debut by completing one lap around the Nordschleife at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hrs. of Nürburgring race in Germany. It lapped the circuit along with 1000-kilometer race winner, the 1959 DBR1, and with racing legend Stirling Moss at its wheel. Needless to say, joining the race is the brand's most tangible expression of its year-long celebration of its centenary.
In Germany, tens of thousands of people have come to see the radical speedster as it is driven by Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez. According to Bez, the CC100 Concept is the embodiment of everything great about the brand. It represents the carmaker's superb engineering know-how, amazing sporting heritage, exceptional design capability, and adventurous spirit.
Bez said he has nicknamed the CC100 as the "DBR100" because of the concept car's affinity to the 1959 race-winning cars and the company's 100-year anniversary in 2013. He clarified, however, that the CC100 is more than just the company's "birthday present" to itself: it shows the Aston Martin's soul, which is what differentiates it from the other automakers, and which is just as powerful as ever.
The two-seater car was designed and built in less than six months at the company's global headquarters in Gaydon, in Warwickshire, England, in cooperation with Multimatic Inc. as key supplier and under Special Projects & Motorsport Director David King's leadership. Additionally, its finished look is Design Director Marek Reichman's work, with help from Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.
Nurnberger explained that the brief for the CC100 was very simple but very testing at the same time: create something that is reflective of Aston Martin's century-old heritage and that signals the brand's future. He said that once the idea of the iconic speedster concept -- which pays tribute to the Nürburgring- and the Le Mans-winning cars of 1959 -- was born, they had freedom to shape it.
Meanwhile, Marek Reichman expressed that he is "extremely proud" of the whole Gaydon team for being able to come up with a remarkable sports car concept within a very short amount of time. He said that the need to develop a fitting tribute to Aston Martin's 100 years has brought out the talent and creativity that makes Aston Martin an outstanding luxury sports car manufacturer in the first place.
What's more, the Speedster Concept body measures more than 2 meters wide and almost 4.5 meters from nose to tail, making it a classic example of the brand's trademark Vertical Horizontal engineering principle's highly flexible nature.
Furthermore, the Aston Martin CC100's body and interior are made of carbon fiber. It also uses the latest AM11 naturally aspirated V12 gas engine, which is mated to a 6-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential M/T or manual transmission. The lightweight box, which is controlled through steering column-mounted paddle shifts, delivers sporting changes that are perfectly suited to the car's track-focused nature.