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Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S Set To Tackle the Nurburgring


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Just the Facts:
  • The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was unveiled on Friday and is set to participate in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring next month.
  • The racer features a prototype twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that has been modified to run on either gasoline or pure hydrogen fuel or a combination of the two.
  • The unusual hybrid racer is based on the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S.

GAYDON, England — The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was unveiled on Friday and is set to participate in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring next month.

The racer features a prototype twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that has been modified to run on either gasoline or pure hydrogen fuel or a combination of the two.

The unusual hybrid racer is based on the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S. The debut of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S is part of Aston Martin's centenary celebration this year. It is also another example of the green movement in racing. Earlier, NASCAR touted its green push with a massive tree-planting program, while different tracks around the U.S. adopted symbolic environmental gestures, including painting the start/finish lines green.

Aston Martin says its Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S will become the first hydrogen-powered car 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's hybrid hydrogen system is made up of a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. Aston Martin says that "safety is paramount" and notes that the system includes four ultra-high-strength carbon-fiber tanks holding a total of 7.7 pounds of hydrogen. Two tanks are housed next to the driver and two are in the trunk.

Edmunds says: Aston Martin will try to prove future technology at one of the most demanding circuits in the world, while at the same time underscoring its green creds.

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