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History has been made at the Nurburgring this weekend with the Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid claiming the first ever zero-emissions lap in an international motor race at the 41st ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours in Germany.

Based on the recently released Aston Martin Rapide S road car – the 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbocharged prototype was developed with renewable energy experts Alset Global.

After succeeding in recording a pure hydrogen lap in qualifying, Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez (who drove the car) commented: “We exceeded our very ambitious target of completing a full lap of the Nurburgring and went on to cover 40km in race conditions – nearly two laps – before the car automatically and smoothly switched to gasoline power”.

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Throughout today’s punishing 24-hour race at the Nurburgring, which starts at 17:00 CET, the Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid will run on a blend of petrol and gaseous hydrogen, with the goal to complete at least one lap per nine-lap stint on pure hydrogen.

The Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, specially designed storage tanks and a bespoke engine management system.

Either pure hydrogen, petrol or a blend of both fuels can be selected to ensure even power delivery, acceleration and minimal CO2 emissions.

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The storage system includes four ultra-high-strength carbonfibre tanks capable of holding a total of 3.5kg of hydrogen stored at a pressure of 350bar.

The standard Rapide S production car generates 620Nm, while the hybrid version delivers up to 800Nm, although, peak power is capped at around 373kW (down from the standard 410kW) for a more linear throttle response.

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The Rapide S will start from 83rd position on the grid from a field of over 200 cars, while Aston’s V12 Vantage GT3 entry qualified second.


  • Cedar

    Well this gets interesting – will the future of Formula 1 be EV or Hydrogen? Looking forward to the new technology that will soon become the norm. Makes one wonder will the service stations become 24 hour convenience stores. Either way the day we can rid ourselves of current fuel dependency it may make the world a happier place.

  • Dave W

    See, this is what I was talking about. Make hydrogen sports/race cars so more rich people would be interested and let more cash flow in for the more mundane commuter version.