Performance: Aston Martin cc100
Since the 50s, Britain’s Aston Martin has been synonymous with performance, design and esoteric British classiness. Today’s Aston Martin, however, is known more for brute force, and the CC 100 Speedster is expected to stay in keeping with that image. Amazingly, the CC100 went from concept and drafting table to production in under six months time. While it’s currently a one-off concept car, the CC100, like many concept cars, hints at new design directions and ideas for the car maker.
Created to reflect the company’s 100th anniversary, the CC100 is powered by a 555 horsepower 6-liter V12 engine, with a top speed of over 180 mph and a zero-to-60 time of under four seconds. The naturally-aspirated V12 is then mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with racing-style paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The power-to-weight ratio has to be phenomenal, as the CC100’s body is fabricated entirely from carbon-fiber.
The CC100’s swoopy styling pays homage to the ’59 Aston Martin DBR1; indeed, the car’s debut was at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, with the company’s CEO Ulrich Bez at the wheel. Its stablemate for the race is a ’59 DBR1 with none other than racing legend Sir Stirling Moss in the pilot’s seat.
So what are the chances of seeing this rakish two-seater go into production? Aston makes reference to “teasing glimpses of potential future design direction,” so that’s probably anybody’s guess at this point. At least, there’s a good chance that some high rollers will have a handful of CC100s built for their own custom orders.