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TMR Team | May, 20 2013 | 1 Comment

Aston Martin has rolled out a wild new concept this week, designed to celebrated the company's 100th birthday.

Dubbed CC100 Speedster - 'Concept Car 100 years' - the topless tracker is a one-off showcar inspired by the 1959 DBR1 race car.

Sir Stirling Moss drove a DBR1 to victory in a 1000km race at the Nurburgring, and both cars made a lap of the circuit this weekend.

The product of six months work at Aston's Gaydon headquarters, the concept is primarily a showpiece, but may also point to a future styling direction.

Like Porsche, Aston's design philosophy has always focused on evolution, and here we see a new take on the British marque's iconic face.

While the front wears a broad grille and Maserati-like headlights, the profile reveals a cut-through element that could also hint at new character styling in a future model.

And, as a speedster, the concept does away with the windscreen, creating a sleek profile dominated by a protective roll frame above each seat.

The concept takes on a more vintage look at the rear, with a simple exposed carbon-fibre insert and diffuser flanked by a pair of classic circular tail-lights.

Measuring nearly 4.5 metres long and over two metres wide, the CC100 Speedster is built on the company's existing VH platform, while the body and interior is made almost entirely from carbon fibre.

Aston says the concept is around 400kg lighter than the V12 Vantage, pegging its weight below 1200kg.

The Speedster shares that 380kW 6.0 litre V12 engine, with power sent to the rear wheels through a paddle-shifted six-speed sequential auto.

Aston hasn't said if it's boosted the engine's power in the concept (so likely not), but it promises a 0-100km/h time of "a little over four seconds".

That'll be just fine.

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