Motorsport and environment are tow things Aston Martin customers do not really care about. So Aston’s latest project is a race car powered by a pioneering hybrid hydrogen! Based on the Aston Martin Rapide S, the car is set to take on the Nürburgring 24-hour race.
The Hybrid Hydrogen is powered by a prototype version of current 6.0 liter V12 engine developed in partnership with hydrogen expert Alset Global. The power plant can run on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a blend of both. Needless to say, in pure hydrogen mode the car has zero emissions. Aston wants to be first manufacturer to complete a zero-emission lap of the ‘Ring during an official race.
Aston and Alset must be very confident of the quality of their prototype, as they are sending it into the lion’s den that is the Nurburgring. The track is famous for breaking the toughest cars in existence. So we’re looking forward to see how a fragile experiment will cope the Green Hell.
That said, the Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. If the electronic don’t fail, that ancient V12 engine is pretty much bulletproof.