The Geneva Motor Show and upcoming Nürburgring 24 Hours will be a showcase for Aston Martin to honor its history and to show off the possibilities of what sports cars can do today – including racing in a hydrogen hybrid.

Aston Martin head Ulrich Bez announced during the Geneva Motor Show that the CC100 roadster will debut at this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours. The roadster fuses the styling of the iconic, historic DBR1 sports racer with more modern design. The first CC100 will honor founder Aston Martin's 100th birthday, and the second model will commemorate Sir Sterling Moss' victory at the 1959 Nürburgring race where he crossed the finish line in his Aston Martin DBR1.

These are the only two CC100s the British sports carmaker has in the works at this time, and they won't be cheap. The V-12 Vantage-based open-air sports car, which has an open cockpit, will sell somewhere in between the V12 Zagato's 330,000 pounds (US $497,145) and the One-77's 1.4 million pounds ($2,109,100).

Aston Martin will also roll out the latest in advanced vehicle technologies – its Rapide race car powered by a hydrogen hybrid engine (pictured). It's got a 500-horsepower engine and will join the CC100 at Nürburgring 24 Hours. As a hybrid, it's also powered by gasoline, which will fuel the car for most of the race. Still, the Rapide will deliver the very first "race-pace zero emissions lap" powered by hydrogen, according to Aston Martin.

Aston Martin's Bez says that the Rapide is more than just a technology statement. He thinks that hydrogen hybrids may be the best way to achieve zero-emissions transportation in the coming decades. To reach zero, though, Aston Martin will need to find something other than gasoline for the miles traveled hybrid style.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston Martin: clueless
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.greengt.com/en/greengt-h2.php
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      HICE really isn't the preferred way to go, especially considering the power deficit hydrogen has when burned. Still, it will be interesting to see what AM does, as a technical exercise.
      John Bailo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Build the Hydrogen Economy: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/build-hydrogen-economy/CGJXwTcX
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Bailo
        No thanks. The Oil companies want the Government to subsidize the cost of building all those H2 refueling stations, so they can take over and rake in all the profits. But it's really telling that these Oil companies, in spite of having billions cash reserves, are just not investing much of their own money into it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has been. Aston Martin is just completely wrong thinking hydrogen combustion will be the solution for the next decade. All serious car manufacturers out there have abandoned this idea, and are starting to roll out 100% hydrogen Fuel Cell cars instead (i.e. electric cars actually). By the way, the Green GT H2 will race Le Mans this year with a 100% electric car powered by 300 kW Hydrogen Fuel Cells by French company Symbio FCell. http:// www.greengt.com
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blame the EU, not Aston; that is a compliance car. From Wikipedia: "The Cygnet enables Aston Martin to comply with the European Union–imposed fleet average emissions regulations taking effect in 2012."
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a scam! A bunch of con-artist! An ICE burning H2 part time while buring octane most of the time is marketed as somehow environmentally friendly and technologically advanced.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Got that right. This is basically a gas guzzling race car that uses just enough H2 fuel to allow them to brag about it. Combining an expensive bulky difficult to store fuel like hydrogen with the inefficiency of an internal combustion engine is just plain silly.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://forze-delft.nl/blog/vehicle/the-forze-vi/
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      V12 engine.... also powered by gasoline... hydrogen range: one whole lap. Really? If they could put an electric drive-train in that car that could manage close to 300 miles and drop the price by $400k I bet these would sell like hotcakes.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huh. Sounds like you'd have to fill up at two separate pumps. What happens at the hydrogen pump would cost you more, and give you less power. Seems like it would only make sense if you have to deal with strange EU emissions rules.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It isn't planned for sale to the public, this is just a show car for special races.
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