Aston Martin will build a pair of two-seat, open-top sports cars as part of its centenary celebrations
5 March 2013

Aston Martin will premiere a V12 Vantage-based two-seat open sports car at the Nürburgring 24-hour race in May. Just two examples of the Aston Martin CC100 will be built.

Speaking to Autocar at the Geneva motor show, Aston boss Ulrich Bez said the car would feature modern styling, but would be influenced by the DBR1 race car. It will have no doors or roof and an entirely exposed cabin.

Aston Martin says one CC100 will be built to celebrate the firm’s centenary, while the other commemorates Stirling Moss’s legendary win in the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km at the wheel of a DBR1. 

This year’s 24-hour race will see Moss reunited with a DBR1 on a parade lap alongside Bez in a CC100.

No pricing has been revealed, but Bez suggested it would slot between the £330,000 V12 Zagato and the £1.4m One-77.

This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours will also see a 500bhp hydrogen hybrid Aston Martin Rapide competing, and attempting to set the "first-ever race-pace zero emissions lap". The bi-fuel car can be powered by petrol or hydrogen and will run on gas for around 20 per cent of the race.

Bez said Aston Martin is aiming to create demand for the fuel in road cars. "I believe this hydrogen hybrid technology is the way to zero emissions in 20, 30 or 40 years' time", he said.

Later this year, at Pebble Beach, Aston Martin intends to reveal two more concept cars that will be due for launch before the end of 2013.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    Can Seat’s first SUV impress, even with the heavy burden of expectation?
  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    The last hurrah for the current Aston Martin Vantage adds the track-ready GT8 to the range
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    20 October 2016
    New S5 Sportback is more spacious, better to drive and offers a calmer ride than before, but rivals offer greater involvement
  • Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
    First Drive
    19 October 2016
    Mildly revised hot hatch is enjoyable on UK roads but continues to play second fiddle to the Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2016 Smart fortwo Brabus cabrio xclusive
    First Drive
    18 October 2016
    Mechanical upgrades make the Smart Fortwo Brabus cabrio better to drive, but it’s too pricey to recommend