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Aston Martin CC100 Speedster: a spectacular concept that marks the British brand’s centenary

The British luxury sports car manufacturer unveiled a very special concept car in order to celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin – its name is Aston Martin CC100 Speedster and is inspired from motorsport.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Aston Martin has carefully prepared the presentation of this particular concept. A series of teasers have prepared the ground for the officially Aston Martin CC100 Speedster unveiling.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster – Engine & Design & Price

CC100 Speedster represents a spectacular concept car inspired by the British brand’s glorious past in motorsport, also revealing important design elements that will be included in future models of the range. Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is part of the celebrations of 100-th birthday of the British luxury brand.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster also pays tribute to a special model from the brand’s history. It’s the 1959 Aston Martin DBR1, the model with which the British won the endurance race at Le Mans that year. DBR1 inspired the classic speedster shape with two seats.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is not just a show car, but a fully functional car capable of performance. Aston Martin has chosen to publicly present the CC100 model at the 24-hour race of Nürburgring which took place this weekend. The CC100 concept was piloted by Ulrich Bez, the CEO of Aston Martin motorcars, being assisted by Sir Stirling Moss, which drove an Aston Martin DBR1.

The CC100 acronym refers to the Concept Car designation and the figure 100 refers directly to the Aston Martin centenary. Besides the history tribute paid, Aston Martin CC100 Speedster reveals a number of design elements that most likely will be found on the future British manufacturer’s models.

Regarding the design, Aston Martin CC100 Speedster has a redesigned front grille and many carbon elements. Power comes from a 6.0-liter V12 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission which can also be manually controlled. Aston Martin says that CC100 Speedster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

The interior is minimalist but functional, and extremely beautiful thanks to some retro elements perfectly combined with modern carbon fiber. Aston Martin CC100 Speedster doesn’t have classic gauges, but a modern digital display and the LED optical blocks. CC100 has a length of 180 inches (4.5 meters) and 80 inches (2 meters) in width, while a total weight of 2,645 lbs (1,200 kg).

The concept was conceived, designed and built in less than six months at the head of Aston Martin in Gaydon, England, only one copy being released on the market, which has been already sold with a price somewhere between EUR 600,000 and EUR 1.2 million.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

Viewed by tens of thousands of spectators in Germany, the radical speedster is being driven today 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 spirit!

“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 carmakers 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.”

Chief Exterior Designer Miles 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.”

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Video

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Wallpaper [photo gallery]

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster via Aston Martin

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