The first car to complete a zero- CO2 emissions lap of an FIA-sanctioned race − Aston Martin’s Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S − will make its UK competition debut this weekend (17/18 August) when it enters the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire.
The car qualified for the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours running on pure hydrogen and is based on an Aston Martin Rapide S but features a special bi-fuel hydrogen/petrol twin turbo 6.0-litre V12 engine developed by the brand in conjunction with Austrian hydrogen internal combustion engine specialists Alset GmbH.
David King, Head of Special Projects at Aston Martin said:
“We successfully raced the car at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in May, covering more than 20% of the race distance running only on hydrogen. Our CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, a regular competitor at the race since 2006, actually completed more than 40 CO2 emissions-free kilometres at full racing speed on one fill of hydrogen alone, comfortably exceeding our target. To finish a gruelling 24-hour race like that was real testament to the engineering teams at Aston Martin and Alset who developed the car.
“Since then, the car has made a brief appearance in our centenary parade lap at Le Mans in June, but has never been seen in action in the UK until now. Running the car up the hill at Shelsley Walsh seems the most fitting way to show it off, recognising the company’s long association with the venue and fitting in nicely with the wonderful Aston Martin tribute being held at the event.
“Although we can’t run the car on Hydrogen at the hill climb, it is still sure to be quite a sight and sound as it leaves the start line.”
Who needs KERS and ERS when you have hydrogen?