The year 2013 holds special meaning for Aston Martin, as they celebrate the 100 years of luxury car making, whereby they have given us some iconic models to cherish. The most recent one which comes to mind, as it went on the auction block includes the 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII Supersonic, which was expecting around $2 million at it’s auction recently. Also the Geneva Motor Show was the event where the Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 one-off model came to light in front of the auto world. Continuing with their celebrations, the British carmaker has now bought on showcase, the CC100 Speedster Concept vehicle, whose core inspiration is the 1959 DBR1 model. Prepared within a timeframe of just 6 months, this vehicle incorporates modernity in it’s engineering, whereas fitting as a perfect go-between in terms of size, with the Vantage and the DB9 model.
Before the CC100 Concept comes to the mainframe, one can’t help but go over the 1959 DBR1 model, which gained victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans and the notorious Nurburgring 1000 races. The driver on the car was Sir Stirling Moss, who often is dubbed as the greatest driver to win the world championship. Coming to present times, the CC100 has actually come on road, and undergone a lap test in the Nurburgring circuit’s Nordschleife (North Loop) roads, to test it’s mettle. Needless to say, it fared well. The top design and the name of Aston Martin are similar, but the vehicles stand radically different in their engineering.
Some of the radical parts of the design include the absence of the windshield glass on the front, and only a frame at the back end of the cockpit. For some, this might come across as being odd, but then Aston Martin had to bring in something radical and striking in it’s latest racer, didn’t it? Also, one can’t help but notice that the body bears a strong element of recall from the Ferrari Testarossa and the Jaguar D-type.
On the interior of the car, one would see a generous use of patterned carbon fiber with it’s unique sheen, and tan shaded hand crafted leather. Most of the centre console, door paneling, and beam lines are seen lined with the ultra-light but strong fiber, whereas the Bridge of Weir leather on some selective parts such the seats, central console compartment apart from the headrest area in good measure.
Under the hood, the Aston Martin CC100 concept packs in a AM11 6.0-liter V12 engine with a 6-speed manual/sequential gearbox transmission. To get from 0 to 100 kmph, one would not need more than 4.0 seconds, whereas the top speed possible ranges around 290 kmph. Tried looking for the power output levels of the car, but it seems the numbers are under wraps for now.
However, there is a bit of a bad news for those who were just about getting ready to buy this car. The CC100 is a one-off concept car, and there are no immediate plans from the company to replicate this beauty. This means that one may never get to see the car on road, never for perhaps special road shows, or when Aston Martin decides to sell it off years later to a lucky collector. Till then, we can always enjoy the video.