The first-ever hydrogen powered Aston Martin racer has made history at the Nurburgring racetrack. The Aston Martin Rapide S completed the first hydrogen powered lap on the famous track circuit, drawing headlines and hype around the world. The exterior is all Aston Martin, giving nothing away about what is lurking beneath the hood.
The futuristic hydrogen powered Aston Martin Rapide S hybrid racer burns rubber but boils water
The hydrogen beast completed an impressive 4-hour trip around the Nurburgring with Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez behind the wheel. It is the first supercar releasing zero CO2 emissions to complete racing pace laps at the track. The ability to run on just hydrogen for long periods of time is a direct threat to electric hybrid cars, which require semi-frequent charging and therefore cannot compete in long endurance races and events.
Will hydrogen powered cars begin to emerge on the heels of Aston Martin’s success? Competitors are likely already plugging in the numbers.
Electric hybrid cars have failed to secure a large market, as people are uncomfortable with the idea of running out of battery power and getting stuck on the road. While there are certainly fuel pumps all over the states, there are not electric car charging stations on every corner. Current standards equate an electric car with a smartphone, but it is much easier to charge a phone on the go!
The Aston Martin Rapide S hydrogen hybrid racer at a glance:
- Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine much like the rest of the fleet.
- The specialized engine can run on standard gasoline, hydrogen or a combo of both.
- Capable of storing up to 7.7 pounds of hydrogen
- Distinctive Aston Martin styling cues
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