Created by Aston Martin’s world-class design team, the vision was simple yet enormously testing: create a car reflecting a century of Aston Martin heritage but one that also signals the future of the brand. Lead by Director of Design Marek Reichman and Chief Exterior Designer Miles Nurnberger the idea of an iconic speedster concept with nods to the Le Mans- and Nürburgring-winning cars of 1959 soon emerged.
Early sketches drew clear inspiration from the legendary DBR1; open cockpit, two seats, uninhibited driver vision and flowing exterior lines from a smooth aerodynamic form. With initial themed imagery showing an overall shape with sharper, contemporary styling, the team took their ideas for CC100 and moved from paper to clay.
Expert modellers worked intensively to turn these initial designs into a tangible, physical form. All Aston Martins are initially created by hand, shaping each line, measuring each dimension precisely and working to create perfect aesthetics. Finely honed to create the exact blend of sporting aggression and beauty CC100 had become more than a concept.
As an open-topped speedster, the interior and exterior boundaries merged together and from the start CC100's racing cockpit was an integral element of the concept. The team wanted a lightweight, race car environment and used inspiration from DBR1 to design a slim dashboard proportion with compact racing seats. Further design cues came from a theme of post-war aeronautical engineering, giving rise to complex interior panelling and dynamic wing forms.
Trimming and finishing the interior meant using the same material artistry found on our road cars. Lightweight carbon fibre provides structural rigidity with a unique weave also creating a dynamic cockpit environment. Racing seats are clothed in the finest Bridge of Weir leather but fitted with full safety harness. Glass control buttons and the same distinctive glass ECU starter match those found throughout the Aston Martin model range.
"The need to create a truly fitting tribute to 100 years of the Aston Martin brand has brought out the creativity and talent that makes Aston Martin such an exceptional luxury sports car maker."
Aston Martin Director of Design - Marek Reichman