British car maker Aston Martin celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept sports car.
It pays homage to AM’s 1959 Le Mans and Nurburgring-winning DBR1, perhaps the automaker’s greatest sport triumph on the track, as well as hinting at future design direction.
The body and interior are crafted entirely from carbon fibre, designed and constructed in less than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon.
The car borrows the open-top “speedster” body style from the DBR1. But it dispenses with the windshield and adds huge cutouts in the so-called “swan wing” doors, which open at an upward angle and are a hallmark of modern Aston Martins.
The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept car uses a version of the company’s potent 6-liter V12 engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission.
The new car is claimed to have a limited top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) while being capable of reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) in just over 4.0 seconds.
Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO, drove the CC100 in a surprise debut at the Nurburgring, making a parade lap around the German track before the start of an annual 24-hour endurance race that kicked off yesterday.
A convoy of cars is coming to 19 cities and eight European countries over the next seven weeks for the Aston Martin Centenary Tour.
Accompanying the 2013 Vanquish, the British carmaker’s current flagship model, will be a 1921 Aston Martin A3 — the oldest existing car from the company’s 100-year history — and of course the iconic 1963 DB5 made famous by its ongoing association with that other major UK export — James Bond.
The cars are traveling to Aston Martin dealerships throughout Europe, starting in Cologne, Germany, on April 23 and ending in Paris, France, on June 13, via Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands and Monaco. Each stop on the tour will coincide with a number of special local events to celebrate the milestone and to help Aston Martin fans get closer to the cars.
Although the European leg of the tour will end in June, it will mark only the first stage of the company’s planned year-long celebrations.
Other events include a lap of honor for 100 lucky Aston Martin owners at the start of the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race on June 22 and a special appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California in August.
The following is a full run-down of the Centenary Tour stops:
– 23rd April – Cologne (Germany)
– 25th April – Luxembourg
– 26th April – Hilversum (The Netherlands)
– 30th April – Bremen (Germany)
– 3rd May – Dresden (Germany)
– 6th May – Vienna (Austria)
– 7th May – Salzburg (Austria)
– 8th May – Munich (Germany)
– 13th May – Memmingen (Germany)
– 16th May – Milan (Italy)
– 17th May – Cadenazzo (Switzerland)
– 19th May – 21st May – N24 Adac Nürburging (Germany)
– 23 May – Stuttgart (Germany)
– 24th May – Düsseldorf (Germany)
– 29th May – Kronberg (Germany)
– 1st June – Safenwil (Switzerland)
– 6th June – Monaco
– 11th June – Lyon (France)
– 12th June – Bordeaux (France)
– 13th June – Paris (France)
Only two examples of Aston Martin’s new two-seat open top racing car will be built, and they will make their debut at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race in May.
Inspired by the Aston Martin DBR1 that legendary British racing driver Sterling Moss piloted to victory in the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km, the CC100 will be based on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage platform and like, the original, will have a completely exposed cabin, no roof and no doors. The lucky owner will have to climb in and out of the car each time he or she wishes to put it through its paces.
The company’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that the car would cost somewhere between £330,000 and £1.4 million and that two examples would be produced.
The first will be to celebrate Aston Martin’s first 100 years in business, and the second will honor Moss’s victory 54 years ago.
Bez also revealed that at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race in May that he will drive the CC100 and that Sterling Moss will be reunited with the DBR1.
Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin has teamed up with pram company Silver Cross to unveil the ‘world’s most exclusive pram’.
The two companies claim the Aston Martin Edition of the Silver Cross Surf is “designed to perfection with every detail considered”, down to the leather which is an exact match to that used in the cars.
The Silver Cross air-ride suspension guarantees a smooth ride on all terrains and the multi-position handlebar “ensures comfortable pushing for everyone”.
To be sold exclusively at Harrods in London in April, the Aston Martin Silver Cross Surf stroller is set to be one of the most expensive strollers on the market.
Each stroller, which retails for £2,000, will come with its own certificate of authenticity and an engraved brushed chrome plaque to confirm that it is one of a limited edition.
Italian coachbuilder and car styling company Bertone has created a one-off Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake known as the Jet 2+2.
The Jet 2+2 is a followup to the Italian design house’s previous Jet 2 shooting-brake concept unveiled in 2004 and based on the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish.
As the car’s name suggests, the interior features two rows of seats that come lined in plush, perforated leather and feature a two-tone design.
The car’s 2+2 designation refers to the four individual seats inside; the rear seats fold flat to create even more luggage room. The interior is also dressed in polished wood and aluminum trim.
Power comes from a 470bhp version of Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 taken from the current Rapide, rather than the more potent 550bhp version from the upcoming Rapide S.
Only one example will be built. The stunning concept was commissioned as “a strict one-off” by a collector and the project has the full approval of Aston Martin.
Look for both the new Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake concept and 2014 Aston Martin Rapide range at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off March 5.
Aston Martin stopped traffic in Dubai in the latest of a series of events the company has organized throughout this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
As the name suggests, only 100 celebratory examples of each car in the Aston Martin range will be produced in honor of its first century in business.
Apple has been named as the UK’s coolest brand, taking first place from luxury car brand Aston Martin in the 2012 CoolBrands rankings.
In fact, the exclusive and much idolized carmaker, which has held the top spot in the annual CoolBrands list for six of the past seven years, was beaten not just by Apple in first place, but also by YouTube, which moved up into second place.
Aston Martin is bringing its new Vanquish to the U.S., with the supercar set to appear at a number of events surrounding the Monterey automotive week in California.
The Vanquish will first appear at McCall’s Motorworks Revival on August 15, before attending the Quail Motorsports Gathering on August 17 and then the Pebble Beach Concours two days later.
Specialist A. Kahn Design from Bradford, UK has released their program for the Aston Martin Rapide.
Finished in a sexy shade of Onyx Black, the Rapide has been dressed with a matte black front bumper grille mesh, hood vents in billet aluminum, black brake calipers, matte black side vent grilles and tinted privacy glass
Other upgrades include the addition of sports exhaust, tinted glass, and RSX-F wheels with 21-inch rims in platinum silver finish.
The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster has leaked ahead of an official debut later this week.
The V12 Roadster gets the same engine and gearbox as the V12 Vantage Coupe which means the 6.0 litre V12 with 510bhp and a six-speed manual ‘box.
Differences to the coupe include a revised rear deck lid with a reshaped spoiler, redesigned front air intake and modified front and rear suspension.
Aston Martin‘s new DBS successor has been renamed the AM310 Vanquish and it borrows heavily from the spectacular One-77 coupe.
Built on the latest version of Aston Martin’s VH (vertical horizontal) architecture, the car’s components make use of materials such as bonded aluminium and carbon-fibre, improving overall rigidity by 25% over the outgoing model and reducing weight.
Aston Martin and Factor Bikes have teamed up to create the world’s most technologically advanced superbike, the One-77.
Based on the Factor001 by Factor Bikes, the Aston Martin-branded two-wheeler will feature the same “motorsport-derived data logging system,” providing over 100 channels of performance feedback like speed, rate of climb and power.
The number of Aston Martin One-77 supercars in existence has now dropped from an original 77 cars to 76 following a crash that took place last week in Hong Kong.
This sole image, found on Weibo, shows that the wreckage inflicted on the supercar was quite severe, suggesting that significant speed was a factor in the crash.
The incident was the result of the driver hitting a kerb at high speed. Reports have stated there were no other cars involved in the crash and no-one was injured.
Aston Martin has gone public with the first details of its DBS Ultimate, a high-end upgrade to its already luxury-oriented DBS.
The Aston Martin DBS Ultimate is the last model of DBS produced, with a replacement family due to launch next year in celebration of the company’s centenary.
The vehicle is available as a coupe or a Volante (convertible). The Ultimate comes in three colors, including carbon black II, quantum silver, or silver fox.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, and the company plans to celebrate by launching some sort of special-edition centenary car.
The unique car should be a version of the current DBS coupe (pictured) with its 5.9-liter V-12 engine pumped up to 550 hp, compared to 510 hp in the standard model.
Revealed at the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland this week, Aston Martin announces Q by Aston Martin – a new era in personalization.
Q by Aston Martin is a service that goes beyond the standard palette of paint, leather and trim finishes, taking the company into a new era in personalization.
A team that brings Aston Martin’s designers together with the company’s engineers and highly experienced craftspeople, allowing customers to enhance and personalise their Aston Martin with meticulous attention to detail.
Grand Touch Aston Martin Phone is the second phone released by Mobiado as part of their Aston Martin collection.
The body of this mobile phone is constructed from solid aircraft aluminum meticulously CNC machined and anodized to create smooth and elegant hard surface for the exterior body.
The surfaces of the bodies are created with curves to straight line edges, a process that can only be executed with the precision of CNC machining.
Aston Martin, has announced that it will debut its China-focused “Dragon88″ line at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.
Available only for the Chinese market, 88 special “Dragon88″ models of the V8 Vantage S, Virage, and DBS will be made featuring some Chinese cultural references and iconography.
Luxury British automotive brand Aston Martin is to unveil the first production model of its V12 Zagato in Kuwait next month.
The V12 Zagato first premiered at the Villa D’Este Concours in May last year, but has until now only been seen in race specification whizzing around the Nürburgring.
The production version intended for customers will be seen for the first time at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, which runs February 15-18.