aston martin rapide s hydrogen

The Aston Martin Rapide S race car entry set to compete in the Nürburgring 24 Hours next month will make a bit of history – its run at the Nordschleife will make it the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international motorsport event.

The prototype twin-turbo Rapide S (the production car is normally-aspirated) will utilise Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both. The system comprises a hydrogen fuel rail, proprietary engine management system and 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.

aston martin rapide s hydrogen system

In use, the combustion process can be controlled according to a particular driving situation, with either pure hydrogen, gasoline or an arbitrary blend of both selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction.

The company says that the system provides sports car performance, but with the carbon footprint of a supermini. Dependent on tank size, a range of up to 250 km with zero CO2 emissions is possible, Alset Global claims. Both AM and Alset Global are aiming to show that a zero CO2 emissions lap of the Nordschleife in pure hydrogen mode is possible, with virtually only water being emitted from the exhaust pipe.