Meet Aston Martin’s Rapide S the first hydrogen powered race car. See video and photos below.
In today’s world, even the most wildly brutal production cars are adopting some form of electricity to assist in propelling itself to unfathomable speeds while improving efficiency; the McLaren P1,Porsche 918 and LaFerrari hypercars all ventured hybrid. In the world of high-performance race cars, the same rules apply; Toyota and Audi – the heavyweights in prototype Le Mans racing – have been hybrid for a few seasons now. The desire for automakers to prove that green doesn’t mean slow, as well as showcasing its environmental message, remains clear, and Aston Martin is following suit by announcing its hydrogen powered Rapide S race car, set to debut at this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race.
Aston Martin’s Rapide S based race car will be the “first hydrogen powered car to compete in an international event.” They also plan to be the “first zero CO2 emission sports car to complete a race pace lap” at the legendary German circuit.