The car competed in two VLN 4 hour races at the Nurburgring in April as shakedown events prior to entering the Zurich ADAC 24H of Nurburgring on 19/20 May, where it was piloted by a driver team which included Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.
During the race, Dr Bez became the first person ever to complete a zero CO2 emissions race lap of the famous Nurburgring Nordschliefe, going on to cover nearly 40 kms at racing speed running on pure Hydrogen before the car seamlessly reverted to petrol running as the Hydrogen pressure dropped below its minimum level.
After Nurburgring the car did a demo lap at Le Mans just before the 24h race, but it has not been driven in competition anywhere else in the world until coming to Shelsley Walsh.
The Rapide S features a special bi-fuel Hydrogen/ petrol twin turbo 6.0 litre V12 developed by Aston Martin in conjunction with Austrian Hydrogen internal combustion engine specialists Alset GmbH. It is the first ever race car to be approved by the FIA to run on hydrogen, although it will only use petrol at Shelsley Walsh.