Intent on becoming the first automaker to take part in an organized motorsport event and run at least one race-pace lap in zero-emissions mode, Aston Martin has unveiled a one-off Rapide S Hybrid Hydrogen racer that it will enter in next-month's ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring enduro. Based on the new Rapide S sedan that's set to arrive in showrooms shortly, the Hybrid Hydrogen one-off was developed in conjunction with hydrogen experts Alset Global. It's fitted with a prototype 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 capable of operating on either gasoline, hydrogen or any combination of the two. Aston Martin says this unique hybrid package will ensure the car has serious sports-car performance but a carbon "footprint" closer to that of a super-mini scaled vehicle.

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The Aston Martin-Alset Hybrid Hydrogen package consists of a hydrogen fuel rail, proprietary engine management system and four separate ultra-high-strength carbon fiber hydrogen tanks that hold 3.5kg (7.7 lb) of gas pressurized at 5,076 psi. Two of the tanks are located in the passenger compartment next to the driver and the other pair are in the trunk area.

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Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez introduced this groundbreaking vehicle by noting: "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."

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