Officially, the green monster you see before you is known as the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster concept – but that’s not stopping Dr. Ulrich Bez from coining a different title for the car.
“I have nicknamed it ‘DBR100,’” he says. In all honesty, we think that’s a better title for this creation, considering the car celebrates Aston’s centennial while channelling the spirit of Aston's legendary DBR racers, including the DBR1 that Sir Stirling Moss used to win the Nurburgring 1000-kilometer race in 1959.
Although it took Aston 100 years to reach where it is today, the automaker needed only six weeks to design and fabricate the CC100 concept from the ground up. Like all current Aston sports cars, the CC100 rides atop the latest iteration of the aluminum-intensive VH platform, but its body – constructed entirely from carbon fiber and built by supplier Multimatic -- is obviously unique to the show car.
Shaped primarily by Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s chief exterior designer, the CC100 Speedster seamlessly blends modern and vintage Aston cues into an aggressive but sensual form. Like the DBR1, the front fascia swells out from the traditional Aston grille aperture, flowing over the front fenders and tapering to a point just before the rear quarters, which balloon again over the rear wheels. Heat extractors placed in the front fenders are extremely large, and seamlessly transition into openings that expose the driver and passenger – who already make do with no windshield – to even more of the elements. The cockpit is split in two with both driver and passenger sitting within a scallop shape to resemble the door apertures. The stubby tail is framed by a carbon fiber valance panel, which neatly drips down to form the rear diffuser.
As expected, there’s not much to the CC100 Speedster’s cabin, but what’s left is an interesting blend of Spartan and sumptuous accommodations. Driver and passenger are seated within deeply bolstered race seats, which are neatly trimmed in both Alcantara and Bridge of Weir leather – the latter matching accents used to adorn the center console and to form door pulls. The driver grips a small, flat-bottomed steering wheel and faces a minimalist dashboard. Circular gauges and manual toggle switches laid out on a flat plane are reminiscent of vintage racers, but the small pod to its side – which has Aston’s familiar push-button shifter controls and a slot for the signature glass key fob – quickly reminds you we’re in the 21st century.
Dimensionally, the CC100 is roughly 14.8 feet long, placing it roughly right between the smaller Vantage and larger DB9/Vanquish models. Aston won’t disclose weight figures, but officials do suggest that the lack of bodywork and extensive use of carbon fiber results in a weight loss of some sort.
Although we’d hoped the 600-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 from the Vantage GT3 would somehow find its way underhood, the CC100 Speedster uses Aston’s latest AM11-series 6.0-liter V-12. No power output is given, but we’re told to expect “production car levels” of power, which would place that figure somewhere between 510-550 hp. That power is funneled to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed sequential manual transmission, similar to that used in the Vantage GT4 racer. Aston says the combination is enough to rocket the CC100 Speedster from 0-60 mph in four seconds and to a limited top speed of 180 mph.
Much as we’d love to see Aston build a small run of CC100s, much like how Mercedes-Benz and McLaren built 75 examples of the similar SLR Stirling Moss special edition, we’re told this is strictly a concept. Don’t be surprised to see it hit the auto show circuit, but not before Bez takes it for a lap around the Nurburgring this weekend, followed closely by Sir Stirling in an original DBR1 for good measure.
Source: Aston Martin