Aston Martin has been making cars for 100 years but it has only won the 24 hours of Le Mans race once, using drivers Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby, back in 1959. The manufacturer has a good motorsports background and being a dedicated sports car manufacturer, it is certainly a surprise. However, they have used that winning car as inspiration for their new CC100 Speedster concept car. It looks similar although is obviously a much more modern version of this iconic vehicle.
The original car was a purpose built racing car which had no windscreen or roof and a stunning shape. The CC100 Speedster has kept these features although they have been modified. The original car had wire wheels and these have been replaced. The windscreen has been replaced as well and the body surfaces are pretty plain. The old car looks stunning but the new model does have creases and angles which make it look far more aggressive. The car is still eye catching but certainly not beautiful like the original model was.
The company have said that some of the styling elements form the CC100 will be use in the future on their road cars. However, the exciting see through doors and invisible windscreen are certainly unlikely to pass the rigorous health and safety tests that are made on road vehicles. However, there are other features which could be more likely to be kept. These include the full width grille which is just like the original model. The rear also looks pretty unique and is certainly possible for future cars. Their current cars all look very similar apart from their Vanquish One-77 and so it is possible that they will use the front and back features of the CC100 to update their road vehicles.
The mechanics inside the car are pretty impressive and should wow even those people who were not keen on the exterior. It used the 5.9 litre V12 engine and also has a carbon fibre body so that it is light. No details have been given on the power buy in the Vanquish, the engine is capable of 565 horsepower. It also has a six speed transmission which will send power to the rear wheels. It has been predicted by Aston that it will be capable of doing 0-60 in four seconds. The top speed will be 180 mph.
Aston martin usually turns all of its show cars in to production models. This means that it is likely that the CC100s may be produced, perhaps in an adapted version for a limited run. It does look like Aston Martin have a great 100 years to follow after their successful first 100 years.