For one of the most famous and evocative brands on the planet today, in the motoring world and beyond, 2013 is a big year. On the eve of World War One, two typically British car fanatics by the name of Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin conceived and set in motion the story of a legend; the story of Aston Martin.
Now in 2013, exactly 100 years since those two pioneers took their first tentative steps in to the world of motoring, the modern-day evolution of Aston is celebrating that milestone in style with the unveiling of a very special anniversary concept; the CC100 Speedster Concept
Born out of the desire to look both back to the past and ahead to the future, the CC100 speedster instantly transports the spellbound onlooker back to the heyday of Aston Martin GT racers. In arguably the finest 24 hours of those 100 years, the fabled Aston Martin DBR 1 claimed victory at the 1959 Le Mans endurance classic. It seems only right that the CC100 should take inspiration from that famous machine, with the low, sleek carbon fibre body perfectly capturing the flowing curves of the 1959 original and the twin dorsal fins rising up behind the cockpit are a stylish touch. But the CC100 is not just about dwelling on past glories, as Aston say the concept hints at a potential future design direction for the brand. In truth there isn’t an angle that doesn’t flatter this majestic beast.
The concept features the latest generation AM11 6.0 litre V12 engine, previously used to power Aston’s DBR 9 Le Mans challengers. Mated to a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, it shatters 0-62 mph in little over four seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 mph.
Designed and pieced together in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ, the two-seater CC100 made its world debut at the Nürburgring in prestigious company, completing a lap alongside the original race-winning 1959 DBR1 piloted by British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss.
As birthday presents go, the CC100 Speedster comes perfectly gift-wrapped in nostalgia and class. If nothing else, it proves that in the search for ever more beautiful designs, sometimes the best place to look is in the pages of history.