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Aston Martin Reveals Bold CC100 Speedster Concept

By raccars Published

Aston Martin has unveiled the ultimate 100th birthday present to itself – the sensational CC100 Speedster Concept model. It isn’t just a celebration, either: Aston Martin says the radical concept contains plenty of hints about how its future cars will look…

The one-off two-seater V12 concept car was launched in dramatic fashion in Germany: Aston Martin revealed it to the world by completing a lap of the famous Nurburgring race circuit – with Sir Stirling Moss following in the car that inspired it, the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said he has already nicknamed the CC100 Speedster Concept the ‘DBR 100’ – “because of its affinity to the great 1959 race-winning cars and, of course, our 100-year anniversary in 2013.

“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.”

The new CC100 Speedster Concept, made entirely from carbon fibre, is described as both marking the firm’s rich heritage, but also showing off features that point to a “potential future design direction”. Aston Martin designer Marek Reichman said he and his team had “complete freedom to shape this car” meaning it undoubtedly carries plenty of clues about how tomorrow’s Aston Martins will look.

Dr Bez said: “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.”

It is powered by the latest AM11 version of Aston Martin’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, linked to a paddleshift sequential automatic gearbox. The firm says it will hit 62mph from rest in around four seconds and has a restricted top speed of 180mph.

The CC100 Speedster Concept car is based on the Aston Martin Vertical Horizontal platform that underpins all current production Astons. This suggests that it wouldn’t be unfeasible for it to become a production car, but the firm is stating clearly that this concept model is a strict one-off.

Would you like to see Aston Martin put the sensational CC100 Speedster Concept into production, though? And does it make you excited about the future generation of Astons it is said to preview? Do share your thoughts with us on the super-special centenary Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept.

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