Aston Martin accelerated into the history books when it completed the first lap of the Nürburgring VLN circuit in a hydrogen-powered car.
Dr Ulrich Bez, the AM CEO, completed the lap during testing of the latest Aston race car, the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S. The car is scheduled to contest the Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 19/20.
Built in partnership with Alset Global, the car has been fitted with two storage tanks which each hold 3.5kg of hydrogen at 350bar. They are refilled at the same time as the petrol tank.
Part of the building process included tweaks to the Rapide’s 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 powerplant to ensure it’s capable of running on either fuel solely, or any arbitrary combination of petrol and hydrogen.
“We have written a little motorsport history,” Bez said of his lap, “and, of course, it bodes extremely well for our participation in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.”
The record run, which used a four-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN series race as a shakedown event, was also noted by David King, who led the development of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S.
“This achievement should leave no one in any doubt the system we have developed with Alset Global is a viable and exciting option for the future,” he said.