Aston Martin to showcase CC100 Concept at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on July 12, 2013

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.

Press Release

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary in world-class style with the debut of the exceptional Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept.

Created as a stunning celebration of the great British brand's 100 years of sports car excellence the one-off CC100 looks both to the past and the DBR1 - Aston Martin's greatest sporting triumph on the track - and to the future with its teasing glimpses of potential future design direction.

The 6.0-litre V12-powered concept car made its world debut by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany's ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. It is lapping the circuit together with the 1000km race-winning 1959 DBR1 with British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. It is the most tangible expression yet of the brand's year-long 2013 centenary celebrations.

Viewed by tens of thousands of lucky spectators in Germany, the radical speedster is being driven today by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. He 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 and I very much hope that everyone who catches a glimpse of it at the Nürburgring today enjoys seeing it."

Designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, working with key supplier Multimatic Inc, under the leadership of Special Projects and Motorsport Director David King, the finished look of the two-seater CC100 is the work of Design Director Marek Reichman working alongside the brand's Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger.

Miles explained: "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."

Marek Reichman said: "I'm extremely proud of the entire team at Gaydon for creating this remarkable sports car concept in such a short time.

"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."

Measuring almost four and a half metres nose to tail, and more than two metres wide (including mirrors) the Speedster Concept body is a classic example of the almost infinitely flexible nature of Aston Martin's trademark Vertical Horizontal engineering philosophy.

With a body and interior crafted from carbon fibre, tooled and provided by low volume specialists Multimatic, the Aston Martin CC100 utilises the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated V12 gasoline engine mated to a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission. Controlled via steering column-mounted paddle shifts the lightweight 'box delivers truly sporting changes perfectly suited to the Speedster's track-focused nature.

The drivetrain will power the Aston Martin CC100 from rest to 62 mph in a little over four seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 mph.

Dr Bez added: "The future of Aston Martin is, very clearly, more exciting now than perhaps at any time in its history and I'm looking forward to seeing the excitement and anticipation that CC100 creates among Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts worldwide."

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