Aston Martin turned the new Aston Martin Rapide's 6.0-liter V12 into a twin-turbocharged zero-emission prototype engine that can run on pure gaseous hydrogen, petrol or the mixture of the two. And they're going to race it at the unforgiving Nürburgring 24...
Aston Martin is not the first supercar manufacturer that comes to mind when you think "hi-tech," maybe "high life," but with the help of Alset Global, they managed to create a four-door grand turismo with the carbon footprint of a supermini.
The system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management module. The combustion process can be adjusted according to each particular driving situation: either pure hydrogen, gasoline or an arbitrary blend of both can be selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction.
To be just as safe as a regular race car, the system includes four ultra-high strength carbon fibre tanks holding a total of 7.7 pounds of hydrogen stored at a pressure of 350 bar (~5000 psi), with two tanks housed next to the driver and two in the trunk.
Water coming from the exhaust of a giant Aston Martin racecar ? Splendid news indeed!