To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Aston Martin revealed a new concept car called the CC100 Speedster Concept at the Nurburgring this weekend.
Not only was the car displayed there, it was driven around a lap of the famous Nordschleife track.
The design of the one-off CC100 looks both to the past, in the form of the Le Mans-winning DBR1 racer, and to the future. Aston Martin says it provides teasing glimpses of the brand's potential future design direction.
The DBR1 won the 24-hour le Mans race in 1959 with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel. British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss drove a DBR1 around the Nurburgring to accompany the CC100, which itself was driven by Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez.
CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin," Bez said. "It represents our fantastic sporting heritage, our exceptional design capability, our superb engineering know-how and, above all, our adventurous spirit!"
"He added: "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."
The CC100 was designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, UK, working in conjunction with key supplier Multimatic Inc, from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill in Ontario, Canada.
Multimatic, which also engineered and built the body structure for Aston Martin's One-77 series cars, crafted the body and interior of the CC100.
Under the leadership of special projects and motorsport director David King, the finished look of the two-seater is the work of design director Marek Reichman and the brand’s chief exterior designer Miles Nurnberger.
As Nurnberger 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 CC100 measures almost four-and-a-half metres nose to tail, and it is more than two metres wide (including mirrors) and it is powered by the latest-generation AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V-12 gasoline engine.
It drives through a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission, controlled by steering-column-mounted paddle shifters.
AM says the CC100 will accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in just over four seconds and has a top speed limited at 290 km/h.