by Automotive Rhythms
Courtesy of: Automotive Rhythms www.automotiverhythms.com
Aston Martin is ripping up the record books at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of NÃ¼rburgring in Germany next month as the famous British sports car brand is to race a pioneering hybrid hydrogen car.
â€¨The record-breaking Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S â€“ based on Aston Martinâ€™s new four-door, four-seat sports car â€“ will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event as well as the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race pace lap at the NÃ¼rburgring 24-hour race.
Working in partnership with hydrogen experts Alset Global, Aston Martinâ€™s engineers have developed a prototype twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that will power the NÃ¼rburgring car. â€¨Capable of running on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a blend of both, the Hybrid Hydrogen race car showcases Aston Martinâ€™s commitment to engineering innovation. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global aim to show that a zero emissions lap of the Nordschleife is possible while emitting virtually only water from the exhaust. â€¨Showcasing the technology at the NÃ¼rburgring â€“ acknowledged as one of the toughest and most demanding circuits in the world and, of course, nicknamed â€˜the Green Hellâ€™ â€“ Aston Martin will underline the reliability and safety of todayâ€™s hydrogen technology.
Welcoming the debut of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: â€œAs we celebrate our centenary in 2013 and look back on a century of excitement, innovation and style itâ€™s also the perfect time to look to the future with this astonishing race car.