This lightweight minimalist speedster is Aston Martin's birthday present to itself in celebration of its 100 years.
In celebration of its centenary, Aston Martin has built and just revealed this beautiful new one-off concept called the CC100. 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. It is being unveiled today as it leads 100 Aston Martins in a parade at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, the CC100 has a classic two-seater layout and a V12 engine paired to a six-speed automated manual gearbox.
Standing for "Concept Car in Aston's 100th year", the CC100 is being driven by Aston chief Dr. Ulrich Bez in a lap around the Ring alongside Sir Stirling Moss who's behind the wheel of a DBR1. The CC100 is based on Aston's existing VH architecture and is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 that can take the concept from a standstill to 60 mph in only four seconds and a limited top speed of 180 mph. The sleek and insanely sexy body is made entirely of carbon-fiber and there are plenty of visual cues that hint at AM's future styling direction, specifically in the front grille and headlights. Total weight is about 2,645 lbs.
Even the minimalistic cockpit is carbon-fiber enriched and the toggle switches on the dash are a direct tribute to the 1950s, but the LCD gauge display is pure 21st century.
The rest of the interior consists of racing seats covered in Alcantara with leather trim. Designed and built within a six month period, the "CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin," according to Bez. "It represents our fantastic sporting heritage, our exceptional design capability, our superb engineering know-how and, above all, our adventurous spirit."