Aston Martin has revealed the first details on a Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S that will be raced at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month.
The model will be based on the standard four-door sedan and will become the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race-pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.
The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine and can be run on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen or a combination of the two. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin will race the Nordschleife while emitting just water.
The new Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S features a special Hybrid Hydrogen system that includes a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. The system includes four ultra-high-strength carbon-fiber tanks that can hold 7.7 pounds of hydrogen stored at a 350-bar pressure.
Its official race debut will be made in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours race on May 19th and 20th where it will have to take on more than 150 other cars.
The standard Rapide S was unveiled last month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the standard Rapide, the new S version received an updated exterior look with a revised front grille and rear lip spoiler.
Under the hood, the new Rapide S received an updated version of the naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The engine delivers a total of 558 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet delivered at 5,000 rpm.
With the extra 81 horsepower, the new Rapide S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and will go up to a top speed of 190 mph.