Aston Martin will set a new milestone at this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring, being the first automaker to race a hydrogen-powered car.
The iconic British sports car brand will be the fist to campaign a hydrogen-powered vehicle at an international racing event, and will also be the first to race a zero-emissions vehicle at the Nurburging 24 Hr race.
Based on the all-new four-door Rapide S model, the race car will use a Hybrid Hydrogen twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine capable of running using either gasoline, hydrogen or a combination of both. Four carbon fiber tanks will be housed inside the car, with two next to the driver and two in the trunk area.
Aston Martin aims to lap the 25 km Nurburgring track under hydrogen-power with the car’s only emissions being water, while also showcasing the reliability and safety of hydrogen technology.
“As we celebrate our centenary in 2013 and look back on a century of excitement, innovation and style it’s also the perfect time to look to the future with this astonishing race car,” said Aston Martin Chief Dr Ulrich Bez. “Working with Alset Global to unveil this system in such a challenging environment as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring shows once again how confident we are in our cars, our people and our partners.”
This year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race takes place May 19-20th.