[Engadget] Aston Martin Hybrid Rapide S completes Nurburgring lap with much fanfare, zero emissions~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 01, 2013 at 11:35AM

Aston Martin Hybrid Rapide S completes Nurburgring lap with much fanfare, zero emissions

Next month, Aston Martin’s hydrogen-fueled Rapide S will attempt a new record at the 24 Hours Nurburgring race in Germany. The company’s opted to get a head start on headline grabbing, though, taking a prototype vehicle on a zero-emissions lap around the course, with CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez behind the wheel. The test has gone off without a hitch, and Aston Martin appears to be confident that the vehicle will survive the grueling 24-hour marathon, which is set to run from May 19th through the 20th. The four-door sports car, which is based on the Rapide S model that’s soon to make its way to consumers, will operate on a blend of hydrogen and gasoline with zero CO2 emissions. It’ll be the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in such an event, according to the manufacturer. The lengthy race is an impressive feat for any motorist, and we’re glad environmental concerns haven’t taken a backseat to friendly (and exhausting) competition — for this one entrant, at least.

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