Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept is One Bodacious Birthday Present [w/ Video]
If you didn’t know that this year marks the centenary of Aston Martin, you probably have a lot of company. The nameplate hasn’t organized concours d’elegance on each continent, or released centennial edition packages consisting of special paint schemes and sequentially-numbered dashboard plaques for any of its regular production models. The occasion also hasn’t gotten nearly as much ink in the buff books (at least that we have seen) as some other automotive anniversaries – i.e. the Porsche 911’s 50th birthday – have.
However, we’re willing to bet only the most ripped of the world’s van Winkles will remain in the dark about this milestone anniversary once they’ve gazed upon Aston Martin’s stunning present to itself. This present is called the CC100 Speedster Concept and, if you ask us, it beats the snot out of any store’s or company’s gift card.
The design details are thoroughly modern, including elements like LED taillights, rakish headlights, and plenty of exposed carbon fiber. Additionally, the “doors” are more like swing-out bars that go across the tops of the openings to the cockpit, and the cockpit is split by a tonneau cover. But for all the modern detailing, the overall flavor is reminiscent of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans winning DBR1(The car on the left in the above photo.) from the late 1950s. The long hood, short deck, windshield-free profile is pure ‘50s sports racing car, which is fine by us.
We’re also fine with the interior treatment. There are acres of unpainted carbon fiber on the dashboard, console and elsewhere, but some sections are covered with intricately stitched and riveted brown and tan leather. The two racing style bucket seats feature the same tan leather on inserts, but they are mostly covered in black Alcantara. And the dashboard is incredibly Spartan: A digital display directly behind the steering wheel relays data like speed, engine RPM and current gear, while the center stack only houses the ignition switch, selector buttons for the 6-speed transmission (which can be shifted manually via steering-column-mounted paddles), and a row of old-school, long-since-banned-by-NHTSA toggle switches for things like the headlights and hazard flashers.
But the switch for the engine – Aston Martin’s venerable 6.0L V12, producing unspecified quantities of horsepower and torque – is a garden variety pedal you operate with your right foot. Push down on it hard enough (and time your upshifts right) and you should hit 60 mph in 4 seconds, and if you keep holding that pedal down, you’ll reach 180 mph before the computer says “Whoa, big fella!”
Not surprisingly, the CC100 is strictly a one-and-done affair. However, Aston Martin indicates it could set the tone for the design of future production models. Just don’t get your hopes up for partial doors showing up on the next-gen Rapide…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFLucaq73zs[/youtube]
Source: Aston Martin