The CC100 Speedster Concept was revealed as part of Aston Martin's centenary celebrations

Speedster concept for Aston Martin centenary

Aston Martin has revealed a new speedster concept car as part of its centenary celebrations.

The 6-litre V12-powered CC100 Speedster Concept made its world debut yesterday by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.

Driven by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, the car lapped the circuit together with the 1000km race-winning 1959 DBR1 driven by British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss.

“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," said Bez.

“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.”

The car was designed and constructed in under six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, with the finished look of the roofless two-seater the work of design director Marek Reichman working alongside chief exterior designer Miles Nurnberger.

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 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.”

The car measures almost four and a half metres nose to tail, and more than two metres wide (including the mirrors).

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 gasoline engine combined with a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission.

The gearbox is controlled via steering column-mounted paddle shifts and the drivetrain will power the CC100 from rest to 62mph in a little over four seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180mph.

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