Όπως είχε δηλώσει ο Dr. Ulrich Bez, η Aston Martin ανακοίνωσε σήμερα και επίσημα την Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S η οποία θα τρέξει στον 41ο ADAC Zurich 24-ωρο αγώνα του Nürburgring τον Μάιο. Βασίζεται πάνω στην Aston Martin Rapide S και μπορεί να καταναλώσει είτε βενζίνη, είτε υδρογόνου είτε και τα δύο ταυτόχρονα.
Διαθέτει 4 δεξαμενές αποθήκευσης υδρογόνου από carbon οι οποίες έχουν χωρητικότητας 3,5 κιλών υδρογόνου υπό πίεση 350 bar. Οι δύο είναι τοποθετημένες δίπλα από τον οδηγό και οι άλλες δύο στον χώρο των αποσκευών.
Θα γίνει το πρώτο αγωνιστικό που καταναλώνει υδρογόνο και που εκπέμπει μηδενικούς ρύπους, το οποίο θα τρέξει στον 24-ωρο αγώνα του Nürburgring.
Bonus! Δες και ένα video που ετοίμασε η Aston Martin και μας εξηγεί τα πάντα της Rapide S.
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ASTON MARTIN TO RACE WORLD-FIRST HYBRID HYDROGEN RAPIDE S
- Global debut for Rapide S race car at ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring
- Aston Martin will be first to race with hydrogen power
- Target of first zero CO2 emission lap in mainstream racing
Aston Martin is ripping up the record books at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month as the famous British sports car brand is to race a pioneering hybrid hydrogen car.
The record-breaking Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S – based on Aston Martin’s new four-door, four-seat sports car – will become 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 Nürburgring 24-hour race.
Working in partnership with hydrogen experts Alset Global, Aston Martin’s engineers have developed a prototype twin turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine that will power the Nürburgring car.
Capable of running on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a blend of both, the Hybrid Hydrogen race car showcases Aston Martin’s commitment to engineering innovation. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global aim to show that a zero CO2 emissions lap of the Nordschleife is possible while emitting virtually only water from the exhaust.
Showcasing the technology at the Nürburgring – acknowledged as one of the toughest and most demanding circuits in the world and, of course, nicknamed ‘the Green Hell’ – Aston Martin will underline the reliability and safety of today’s hydrogen technology.
Welcoming the debut of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “As we celebrate our centenary in 2013 and look back on a century of excitement, innovation and style it’s also the perfect time to look to the future with this astonishing race car.
“Aston Martin has a strong track record of innovation and, with our superb history of competition and testing at the Nürburgring, it is only right that we showcase this amazing new technology at this year’s 24-hour race.”
He added: “Working with Alset Global to unveil this system in such a challenging environment as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring shows once again how confident we are in our cars, our people and our partners.”
The Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. This enables flexibility in the control of the combustion process according to each particular driving situation: either pure hydrogen, gasoline or a arbitrary blend of both can be selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction. This control results in a powerful and dynamic propulsion system that provides sports car performance but with a carbon footprint more akin to that of a supermini.
Safety is paramount, of course, and the system includes four ultra-high strength carbon fibre tanks holding a total of 3.5kg of hydrogen stored at a pressure of 350bar – two tanks housed next to the driver and two in the boot of the car. Meanwhile the entire hydrogen system developed by Alset Global and its partners is approved by German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB.
The Hybrid Hydrogen race car is based on the new Rapide S four-door sports car that is arriving in Aston Martin showrooms worldwide this month.
Redesigned and re-engineered to offer even greater style and significantly enhanced performance by virtue of its new AM11 6.0-litre V12 naturally aspirated engine, the new Rapide S is capable of 190 mph and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in only 4.9 seconds.
Dr Bez said of the new road car: “It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. This is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form.”
Aston Martin returns to compete in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 19-20 for the eight successive year. More than 150 cars will start the fearsome 24-hour race, which runs on the daunting 25km circuit that combines the legendary Nordschleife with the modern Grand Prix track.
ALSET GLOBAL’S HYBRID HYDROGEN SYSTEM TO DEBUT IN ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S RACE CAR
Pioneering Hybrid Hydrogen fuel system offers practical and effective implementation of renewable, clean energy for automotive applications. Aston Martin’s Rapide S will debut the technology at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (May 19th-20th 2013) and become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international motorsport event.
Graz, Austria – The ability to offer a practical, affordable and clean, renewable energy through the use of hydrogen-fuelled cars is to set be demonstrated in Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car entry at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring on May 19th-20th 2013. A prototype, twin-turbo, Aston Martin Rapide S will use Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both.
Alset Global’s Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tank and proprietary engine management system.The strength of the Hybrid Hydrogen technology is related to the flexibility of controlling the combustion process 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.This control results in a powerful and dynamic propulsion system that provides sports car performance but with the carbon footprint of a supermini.
Unlike hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Alset Global’s patented technology, developed over the past eight years, overcomes the lack of a fully developed fuelling hydrogen infrastructure. The simplicity of the Hybrid Hydrogen system means only minimal changes are needed to fit it to conventional engines, thus bringing hydrogen mobility ‘out of the laboratory’ and onto the streets. The ease of introduction and expected premium of just 15 % over today’s new car prices mean that lower CO2 emission target levels, legislated for 2015 and 2020, are now achievable and affordable.
Launching the technology on Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car will highlight other benefits the Hybrid Hydrogen technology offers. By taking part in one of the toughest races in the world, Alset Global will underline both the reliability and safety of hydrogen technology today.
Four carbon-fibre tanks holding 3.23 kg of gaseous hydrogen – two housed next to the driver and two in the boot of the car – and the refuelling system developed by Alset Global and its partners are approved by German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB. In addition, the use of the existing 6.0 litre engine will showcase that engine downsizing or electrification is not the only way to achieve low emissions.
Crucially, the Hybrid Hydrogen system will ensure the driving experience is undimmed. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global aim to show that a zero CO2 emissions lap of the Nordschleife is possible with virtually only water emitted from the exhaust pipe.
Alset Global and its partner organisations hold a number of key patents relating to the entire system. Emissions control and managing the combustion process form the core of the Alset intellectual property around the Hybrid Hydrogen system. Partners include Magna Steyr, which has developed the storage tank and pressure regulation system, Linde, which will supply the hydrogen for the race, Gigatronik which has supported the programming software verification and loop testing and TÜV SÜD, which certified the technical safety requirements for the hydrogen system.
“With our Hybrid Hydrogen system we are providing a practical way to transition to the hydrogen economy,” says Jose Ignacio Galindo, CEO of Alset Global. “We are providing a unique, clean solution for the premium and performance segment and demonstrating that going green does not require sacrificing emotions. Our system offers the highest power density of all built and existing hydrogen cars and, because it is compatible with nearly all current internal combustion engines, it is the most affordable and simplest to implement.”
“Our system offers, dependent on tank size, a range of up to 250 km with zero CO2 emissions,” says Alset Global’s VP of product management and technology, Thomas Korn. Previously at BMW, Korn has an extensive background working with alternative propulsion technologies such as hydrogen internal combustion engines, fuel cells and electric drive trains as well as the certification and homologation processes.
The Nürburgring 24 Hours race takes place on the legendary 25 km long Nordschleife track in the Eiffel region of Germany. The world’s longest circuit is not just a stage for spectacular racing; it is used year-round by motor manufacturers and tyre companies for automotive development. The Hybrid Hydrogen Aston Martin Rapide S will make history when it becomes the first hydrogen car to complete a lap of an internationally-sanctioned motor race.