Aston Martin is extending its centenary celebrations into Goodwood by showcasing a number of its astonishing road and race to the 2013 Festival of Speed scheduled on July 11-14, 2013. Leading Aston Martin's army of vehicles is the CC100 Speedster Concept, which is a celebration of the carmaker's 100 years of sports car existence and excellence and is seen as a preview to its future design direction.
Powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine, Aston Martin's CC100 Speedster Concept car was designed and built in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon. The two-seater concept, which was nicknamed DBR100 by Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez, is the product of the styling genius of Design Director Marek Reichman, who will have the privilege of driving the car in its demonstration runs up the famous Goodwood Hill at the weekend.
Joining the CC100 Speedster Concept at Goodwood is no other than the carmaker's most potent road car to date with the exception of the limited edition One-77 hypercar -- the V12 Vantage S. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine that provides 573 PS of output and 620 Nm of torque available at 5,750 rpm, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds. Low rev torque is 510 Nm. Power is sent to rear wheels via the Sportshift III automated manual transmission. The V12 Vantage S will also have some demonstration runs at Goodwood.
Aston Martin designed and built the new CC100 two-seater in less than six months at its global base in Gaydon, under the leadership of Special Projects and Motorsport Director David King and in cooperation with Multimatic Inc. The final appearance of the new CC100 two-seater is thanks to Design Director Marek Reichman and Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.
Nurnberger remarked that the brief for the CC100 two-seater was simple yet challenging – to create a vehicle that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage while signaling the future of the brand. Nurnberger disclosed that soon enough, the idea of creating an iconic speedster concept that pays tribute to the cars that conquered Le Mans and Nurburgring in 1959 would be realized, allowing designers to gain complete freedom to shape the new car.
Reichman, meanwhile, took pride in the fact that Aston’s Gaydon team managed to create the CC100 two-seater concept in a short time. He noted that the need to create a true tribute to the brand’s 100 years resulted to the emergence of creativity and talent that makes Aston Martin an exceptional luxury sports car maker.
With a length of nearly four and a half meters, and width of over two meters, the Speedster Concept could be considered as a classic example of the flexible nature of Aston Martin's trademark Vertical Horizontal engineering philosophy.
Featuring a body and interior made from carbon fiber –courtesy of Multimatic -- the Aston Martin CC100 is powered by the latest generation of the AM11 naturally aspirated V12 gasoline engine, with power sent to the wheels through a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual gearbox. With inputs delivered from the steering column-mounted paddle shifts, this lightweight transmission offers sporting changes suitable to the track-focused nature of the Speedster.