Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept
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20th May, 2013
- World debut for stunning new CC100 Speedster Concept at Nurburgring (Germany)
- Naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 with automated sequential manual gearbox
- Features hint at potential future design direction
Aston Martin celebrated its centenary in world-class style with the debut yesterday (Sunday 19th May) of the
exceptional CC100 Speedster Concept.
Designed 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 lapped the circuit accompanyed by the 1,000km 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 spectators in Germany, the radical speedster was being driven 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
“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 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.”
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
CC100 utilises the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine matched 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 (100 km/h) in a little over four seconds, while
the top speed is limited to 180 mph.