This is the Aston Martin CC100, a sensational one-off sports car built to celebrate Aston Martin's centenary in style.
The speedster not only pays tribute to the company’s racing successes – including the DBR1 that won the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours – but also hints at what forthcoming Astons will look like.
Chief exterior designer Miles Nurnberger explained: “The brief was very simple, yet enormously testing: create something that reflects the 100 years of Aston Martin heritage and signals the future direction of the brand. “The idea of a speedster that nods to the Le Mans-winning car of 1959 soon came. We had complete freedom to shape it.”
The CC100 is powered by the latest version of Aston’s 6.0-litre V12, and is even based on the same Vertical Horizontal platform as the Vanquish. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a sequential automated manual gearbox with shift paddles, and the car can do 0-62mph in around four seconds and keep accelerating to 180mph.
There’s a large mesh grille to help keep the engine cool, and company insiders say this feature will appear on future Aston road cars, as it provides better airflow than the current slatted grille.
Extensive use of carbon-fibre hints at plans for increased use of the lightweight material in future – and the new Vanquish already has an all-carbon body.
The CC100’s cabin is simple and driver-focused, with a few switches over the transmission tunnel and an LCD screen behind the wheel. Driver and passenger sit in carbon-fibre bucket seats and are separated by bodywork that runs from the bonnet all the way to the back of the car.