The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S completed the first ever hydrogen-powered lap around the Nürburgring race track on Saturday, with Aston Martin chief executive officer Dr. Ulrich Bez at the wheel.
The experimental race car is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine that can run on petrol, hydrogen or a combination of both. In pure hydrogen mode the car emits virtually only water from the exhaust.
Aston Martin used the four-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN series race as a test session ahead of the gruelling 24 hour race next month in which the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S will line-up alongside some 200+ GT cars.
Dr Bez said: “I am incredibly proud of the Aston Martin team, and our partners Alset Global. We have written a little motorsport history with this qualifying lap as well as finishing the four hour race on hydrogen and, of course, it bodes extremely well for our participation in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in three weeks’ time.
The Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and new engine management system. Four ultra-high strength carbon fibre tanks hold a total of 3.5kg hydrogen stored at a pressure of 350bar.