Automakers often argue that there’s no better place to test out promising new technology than on the race track – which is apparently what Aston Martin has in mind for the hydrogen-powered Rapide S it will field during the 24 Hours of Nurburgring next month.
The ‘Ring is one of the world’s most challenging tracks to begin with, a place where it seems almost every serious performance-oriented vehicle is tested these days, from the new Cadillac CTS to the BMW X4. But the day-long race will clearly amp things up to the next level for Aston’s prototype.
One of Aston’s goals, according to CEO Ulrich Bez, is to complete the first “zero CO2 emission lap in mainstream racing.”
Hydrogen captured headlines in the 1990s, many envisioning it as the fuel of the future since it essentially produces no tailpipe emissions. Over the past decade, the gas has taken a technical back seat to battery power but there are signs of renewed interest as electric vehicles stall in the marketplace.