Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary present – The CC100

Aston Martin has used the Nurburgring 24 Hours to reveal its birthday present to itself, the CC100, an incredible new concept based on the iconic DBR1 of 1959.

The two-seater speedster has obviously been influenced by the Le Mans-winning race car and is a fully-operational prototype, shown to be just that by Aston boss Dr Ulrich Bez in a parade lap before the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

The CC100 – standing for Concept Car in Aston’s 100th year – not only harks back to the classic car of ’59, but also reveals new design cues of the company’s future, with a whole host of intricate design details and engineering ideas that could very well filter down to upcoming sports cars.

Aston’s 6.0-litre V12 engine feeds power to the wheels and the concept can go from 0-62mph in just over 4.0sec, whilst speed theoretically peaks at 180mph.

The CC100 is very close to the Vantage in length and borrows some of its designing, mostly seen in the headlights, but is much wider at about 2m and is considerably lower. It is thought weight is less than 1200kg – around 400kg lighter than the baby Aston.

Aston Head of Design Marek Reichman explained the use of carbonfibre on the CC100 to Autocar – the third Aston to feature an all-carbon body, following on from the One-77 and new Vanquish: “Carbonfibre has real flexibility in its form and rigidity in its structure, and it is torsionally stiff and light, but it also has a high price as its main downside.

“It is a material you won’t be able to avoid in sports cars in the future, although aluminium makers are responding with improved technology of their own as it’s in their business interests to do so.”

Reichman also insisted that the new technology on the CC100 will likely be gradually implemented on future Astons, rather than one new model harnessing it all in one go.

“We are always about evolution at Aston Martin rather than revolution,” he said.

“It gives you better, more beautiful designs. With revolution you can fail. Evolution improves. If no one had ever invented the sports car, then we could do a revolution but we’ve already got it and are evolving it.”

The following video from Marchettino taken at the  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este gives a better feel for the details featured on the CC100, whilst also allowing for an aural example of the feverish Aston V12 that lies within: