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Aston Martin marks 100 years with concept car

Photos courtesy of Aston Martin

In celebration of Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, the British sports-car company pays homage to its past through its CC100 concept car. The new car bears a striking resemblance to the DBR1 that won 24 hours of Le Mans in 1959. The two-seat, open-topped CC100 was designed and built over the course of six months. The car is powered by the company’s naturally aspirated V-12 engine, an engine also found in the company’s DBR9 and One-77. A six-speed hydraulically-actuated manual transmission is controlled via steering-column-mounted paddle shifters. The sleek speedster goes from 0 to 62 mph in about four sec. and has a top speed of 180 mph. 

The hand-built CC100 Speedster sports a carbon fiber exterior. Although the CC100 will not be mass produced, the company plans to use it to influence their next generation of vehicles. 

Click through the gallery for look at the Aston Martin CC100 and its predecessor, the DBR1.

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