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Aston Martin hydrogen model to make UK debut

Aston Martin’s impressive Hydrogen Hybrid Rapide S is to make its UK competition debut this weekend, appearing at the historic Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire.

Aston Martin Rapide S on the track

The car secured a place in the record books by completing the world's first hydrogen powered zero emission lap of the 24 km Nordschleife circuit back in April. It also achieved a world first by qualifying for the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours challenge in May, running on pure hydrogen.

Based on the standard Rapide S model, the hydrogen hybrid car features a special bi-fuel hydrogen/petrol twin turbo 6.0-litre V12 engine developed by the brand in conjunction with Austrian hydrogen internal combustion engine specialists Alset GmbH.

David King, Head of Special Projects at Aston Martin comments: “We successfully raced the car at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in May, covering more than 20 per cent of the race distance running only on hydrogen. Our CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, a regular competitor at the race since 2006, actually completed more than 40 CO2 emissions-free kilometres at full racing speed on one fill of hydrogen alone, comfortably exceeding our target. To finish a gruelling 24-hour race like that was real testament to the engineering teams at Aston Martin and Alset who developed the car.

“Since then, the car has made a brief appearance in our centenary parade lap at Le Mans in June, but has never been seen in action in the UK until now. Running the car up the hill at Shelsley Walsh seems the most fitting way to show it off, recognising the company’s long association with the venue and fitting in nicely with the wonderful Aston Martin tribute being held at the event.

“Although we can’t run the car on Hydrogen at the hill climb, it is still sure to be quite a sight and sound as it leaves the start line.”

Shelsely Walsh Hill Climb opens at 9am on both Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August and tickets are available on the gate.

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Faye Sunderland

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