Hydrogen-Powered Aston Martin Rapide S Back On The Track

Aston Martin Lagonda will demonstrate the Hydrogen Rapide S at the Centenary Celebrations at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb this weekend, August 17 and 18. This will be the first time the hydrogen-powered racecar concept is demonstrated in the UK.

The Rapide S features a special bi-fuel Hydrogen/gasoline twin-turbo 6.0 liter V12 developed by Aston Martin in conjunction with Austrian Hydrogen internal combustion engine specialists Alset GmbH.

It is the first ever race car to be approved by the FIA to run on hydrogen.

The car competed in two VLN 4 hour races at the Nurburgring in April as shakedown events prior to entering the Zurich ADAC 24H of Nurburgring mid-May, where it was piloted by a driver team which included Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

During the race, Dr Bez became the first person ever to complete a zero CO2 emissions race lap of the famous Nurburgring Nordschliefe, going on to cover nearly 25 miles at racing speed running on pure Hydrogen before the car seamlessly reverted to gasoline power as the Hydrogen pressure dropped below its minimum level.

After Nurburgring the car did a demo lap at Le Mans just before the 24 hour race, but it has not been driven in competition anywhere else in the world until this coming weekend.