Aston Martin completes first hydrogen-powered Nurburgring lap
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez piloted a unique Rapide S around the Nordschleife circuit at Germany's famous Nurburgring last weekend.
The car is the latest engineering feat to come out of Aston Martin's racing division and it can run on either hydrogen or petrol, meaning it is eligible to enter the formal record attempt for fastest lap set by a zero-emissions car at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race in a few weeks' time.
The innovative Rapide S - which was built in conjunction with engineering company Alset Global – features two storage tanks that can hold 3.5kg of hydrogen each.
The Rapide's 6-litre twin-turbocharged engine can run on a combination of petrol and hydrogen or solely on one fuel supply.
Dr Ulrich Bez said of the experience: "To have run full laps on hydrogen gas alone during the four-hour event is an exceptional 'first', and I now hope that we can stabilise the system and further improve the Rapide S so we can complete the 24-hour race on May 19 with many zero emission laps.
"We have written a little motorsport history... and, of course, it bodes extremely well for our participation in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in three weeks' time."
David King led development of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S and added: "This achievement should leave no one in any doubt that the system we have developed with Alset Global is a viable and exciting option for the future."
Race fans can see the car in action in the E1-XP experimental class at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on 19-20 May.