Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S racer

Aston Martin reveals worlds first Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S racer

Aston Martin will have the worlds first Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S racer that will make its global debut at ADAC Zurich 24 hours of Nurburgring.

Aston Martin will have a number of firsts with the new Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S racer. The British brand will be the first automaker to race a hybrid hydrogen car at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring next month. The pioneering Hybrid Hydrogen race car is based on the new Rapide S four-door sports car that is arriving in Aston Martin showrooms around the globe this month. The race car will be the the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event as well as the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race pace lap at the Nurburgring 24-hour race.

Aston Martin will be out to prove that today’s hydrogen technology is safe and reliable on one of the most demanding circuits in the world. They will showcase the technology at Nurburgring which is nicknamed the “Green Hell.” After a century of building automobiles, Aston Martin is leading the industry in innovation and technology. Why is Aston Martin developing this technology in a race car?

The technology will be showcased at Nurburgring


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"The hybrid hydrogen technology enables the new Rapide S to achieve 190 mph and it will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

" But is that is gas mode or hydrogen mode? I remember BMW's 7 series hydrogen car that has a 12 cylinder engine but wasn't much faster than an econobox.
That is a great question...I'm sure it's gas mode to get those performance numbers. Thanks for reading!
Actually, the car is not a hydrogen fuel cell, but a hydrogen BURNING vehicle, so it would achieve its top performance when running on a hydrogen-heavy fuel mix, which has a much faster ignition and burn rate than does gasoline vapor. Hydrogen alone is inefficient in current valve and piston combustion engines, so H2 alone wouldn't do the job as efficiently for top performance. I'm kind of surprised to see Aston spearheading this since Mazda is the company with the most experience fielding H2 burning cars.