Aston Martin Hybrid Rapide S completes Nurburgring lap with a lot fanfare, zero emissions
Subsequent month, Aston Martin’s hydrogen-fueled Rapide S will try a brand new document on the 24 Hours Nurburgring race in Germany. The corporate’s opted to get a head begin on headline grabbing, although, taking a prototype car on a zero-emissions lap across the course, with CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez behind the wheel. The check has gone off and not using a hitch, and Aston Martin seems to be assured that the car will survive the grueling 24-hour marathon, which is about to run from Might nineteenth by means of the twentieth. The 4-door sports activities automotive, which is predicated on the Rapide S mannequin that is quickly to make its method to shoppers, will function on a mix of hydrogen and gasoline with zero CO2 emissions. It’s going to be the primary hydrogen-powered automotive to compete in such an occasion, in accordance with the producer. The prolonged race is a powerful feat for any motorist, and we’re glad environmental considerations have not taken a backseat to pleasant (and exhausting) competitors — for this one entrant, no less than.
ASTON MARTIN MAKES HYBRID HYDROGEN HISTORY AT THE NÜRBURGRING
29 April, 2013. Aston Martin has secured its place within the historical past books with a world first hydrogen-fuelled zero CO2 emission lap of the Nürburgring circuit in Germany.
The lap was accomplished on Saturday (27 April) with Aston Martin Chief Government Officer Dr Ulrich Bez on the wheel of the prototype Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S and was an ideal check run forward of a proper document-breaking try on the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring (N24) subsequent month.
Aston Martin engineers have been utilizing the 4-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN collection race as a shake-down and check session forward of the gruelling 24 hour race subsequent month during which the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S will line-up alongside a world-class subject of some 200+ GT automobiles.
Improvement of the bottom-breaking hybrid system – created by technical companions Alset International and pioneered by Aston Martin within the race – has exceeded expectations, resulting in the historic hydrogen-solely lap of the notorious ‘inexperienced hell’ on Saturday afternoon.
Dr Bez stated: “I’m extremely pleased with the Aston Martin workforce, and our companions Alset International. We’ve got written somewhat motorsport historical past with this qualifying lap in addition to ending the 4 hour race on hydrogen and, in fact, it bodes extraordinarily properly for our participation within the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in three weeks’ time.
“To have run full laps on hydrogen fuel alone in the course of the 4-hour occasion is an distinctive ‘first’, and I now hope that we will stabilise the system and additional enhance the Rapide S so we will full the 24-hour race on Might 19 with many zero emission laps.”
David King, Director of Particular Tasks at Aston Martin and the person main the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S challenge, stated: “This achievement ought to depart nobody in any doubt that the system we’ve got developed with Alset International is a viable and thrilling choice for the longer term.
“The creation of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was, for Aston Martin, one other excessive profile method for us to mark our centenary in 2013, and to exhibit our engineering capabilities in probably the most demanding setting of a serious endurance race. That is the last word expression of our long run technique of utilizing the Nürburgring 24 hour race to publicly show the skills of our automobiles and our individuals.”
When it competes subsequent month the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S – based mostly on Aston Martin’s new 4-door, 4-seat sports activities automotive – will grow to be the primary hydrogen-powered automotive to compete in a world occasion in addition to the primary zero CO2 emissions sports activities automotive to finish a race tempo lap on the Nürburgring 24-hour race. The automotive will compete in an experimental class (E1- XP) having handed rigorous technical and security assessments by the German motorsport authority the DMSB to be granted approval to race.
It is going to be capable of full full laps with zero CO2 emissions and might be refuelled after every stint with three.5kg (circa 7.7 lb) of hydrogen in addition to gasoline. Working in partnership with hydrogen specialists Alset International, Aston Martin’s engineers have developed a prototype twin turbocharged 6.zero-litre V12 engine that powers the Nürburgring automotive.
Able to operating on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a mix of each, the Hybrid Hydrogen race automotive showcases Aston Martin’s dedication to engineering innovation. In pure hydrogen mode the automotive emits nearly solely water from the exhaust.
The Hybrid Hydrogen system includes a hydrogen gasoline rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine administration system. Security is paramount and the system consists of 4 extremely-excessive power carbon fibre tanks holding a complete of three.5kg (circa 7.7 lb) of hydrogen saved at a strain of 350bar.
The race automotive is predicated on the brand new 550bhp Rapide S 4-door sports activities automotive arriving at Aston Martin showrooms throughout the Americas within the coming weeks.
Aston Martin competes within the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours on Might 19-20 for the eighth successive yr.