Aston Martin completes Investindustrial partnership: Rapide S hydrogen circles Nürburgring
Aston Martin’s partnership with Investindustrial will bring an investment of half a billion pounds over the next five years, while increasing the capital by £150m. Aston Martin says, “With the support of major shareholders The Investment Dar, Adeem Investment and, now, Investindustrial, Aston Martin is well positioned to realize its ambitious growth strategy.”
Aston Martin’s Rapide S gets set to take part in ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 19-20. In preparation for this event, the Rapid S hydrogen hybrid has taken its first lap around the circuit, creating history as it is the first hydrogen powered vehicle to circle the Nürburgring.
On 27th April 2013, the Aston Martin Rapide S Hybrid Hydrogen took a four hour run across the circuit with Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of the company at the wheel. This vehicle is fitted with a 6.0 liter V12 engine capable of running on gas, hydrogen or both. The Rapide S will compete against some 200+ GT vehicles.
Dr. Bez was elated at the recent developments at creating history at the qualifying session and completing the four hour race exclusively on hydrogen. It also confirms that the vehicle is ready to take on the challenge in 24 Hours of Nürburgring in three week’s time.
David King, Director of Aston Martin Special Projects heads the Hybrid Hydrogen project, where Rapide S is concerned. The hydrogen system has been achieved along with Alset Global and comes out as the company marks its centenary in 2013.
Rapide S will complete all laps with zero auto emissions. It will be refueled with 3.5 kgs of hydrogen and gasoline after each round. This race car is based on a 550 bhp Rapide S four door sports car which will be seen in all Aston Martin showrooms across the US.