As we reported in January, Aston Martin is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark its centenary, the British carmaker has created a one-off concept that pays tribute to what the company calls its "greatest sporting triumph on the track."
Known as the CC100 Speedster Concept, the 6.0-liter V12-powered concept car pays homage to the DBR1 piloted by Stirling Moss at the 1,000km Nurburgring endurance race in 1959.
"The CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin," said Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez. "It represents our fantastic sporting heritage, our exceptional design capability, our superb engineering know-how, and above all, our adventurous spirit!"
Measuring almost 15ft long and more than 6ft wide, the Speedster Concept's body is a classic example of what the carmaker calls its "Vertical Horizontal" engineering philosophy.
The Speedster Concept's body and interior are crafted from carbon fiber. Together with the naturally aspirated V12 gasoline engine and the six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission, the car is capable of going from 0 to 100kph "in a little over four seconds" before it reaches its top speed of 290kph.
Designed and constructed in less than six months at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the United Kingdom, the finished look of the two-seater CC100 is the work of design director Marek Reichman and the brand's chief exterior designer, Miles Nurnberger.
"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," said Nurnberger. "The idea of an iconic speedster concept that nods to the Le Mans--and Nurburgring--winning cars of 1959 soon came, and we had complete freedom to shape this car."