Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S Makes History | Edmunds

Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S Makes History


Just the Facts:
  • The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S completed the first hydrogen-only, zero CO2 emission lap of Germany's Nurburgring Circuit.
  • The car is equipped with a prototype twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that can run on gasoline, hydrogen or a blend of both.
  • The car is based on the new 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S that arrives in showrooms this month.

NURBURGRING, Germany — The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S completed the first hydrogen-only, zero-CO2-emissions lap of Germany's Nurburgring Circuit.

The car is equipped with a prototype twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that can run on gasoline, hydrogen or a blend of both.

The car is based on the new 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S that arrives in showrooms this month. The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S not only burnishes the automaker's green credentials, it helps to celebrate its centenary.

So important was this historic lap of the famed circuit that Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez took the wheel. The lap was completed on April 27.

The automaker describes the event as "a perfect test run ahead of a formal record-breaking attempt at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring" in May. At that time, the car will become the first hydrogen-powered vehicle to compete in an international event as well as the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race pace lap at the Nurburgring 24-hour race. The car will compete in E1-XP, an experimental class.

An increasing number of automakers and race organizers are showcasing their environmentally friendly efforts. NASCAR is in the midst of a high-profile green program that includes everything from a massive tree-planting program to encouraging tracks to make symbolic gestures, such as painting the finish lines green. A Toyota Camry Hybrid has even served as the pace car at some races.

Edmunds says: Kudos to Aston Martin for achieving a major milestone in its pioneering effort.

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