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Aston Martin reveals Batmobile-like anniversary speedster

To celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin, the car company has unveiled the CC100 concept speedster.

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Michelle Starr
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To celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin, the car company has unveiled the CC100 concept speedster, two weeks after our introduction to the Lamborghini Egoista.

It looks strangely like something Adam West's Batman might drive in 2013, but Aston Martin's 100th anniversary CC100 speedster was not designed with superheroes in mind, camp or otherwise. Instead, the yellow-and-blue-grey speedster is a homage to the company's heritage as a manufacturer of luxury sports cars.

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The design is based on the 1959 Le Mans and Nürburgring-winning DBR1, with materials and design elements that look to the future, according to the company. Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said, "CC100 is the epitome of everything that is great about Aston Martin. Fantastic heritage, exceptional design, superb engineering and an adventurous spirit."

With no cover, it would certainly not be of any use as a day-to-day car — but as it was designed as and remains a concept, we don't think Batman would have to worry about getting his 'do mussed.

With Aston Martin's naturally aspirated V12 engine purring inside, the CC100 can accelerate from stationary to 100 kilometres per hour in just four seconds. The car has a top speed of 290 kilometres per hour.

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Each Aston Martin prototype is originally shaped by hand from clay before the designers move on to creating a functional car.

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Inside the cockpit, the racing seats are upholstered in Bridge of Weird leather, and fitted with full safety harness, with Aston Martin's classic glass control buttons and ECU starter on the driver's side.

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The car's gearbox is fitted with a six-speed hydraulically actuated automated sequential manual transmission, and controlled via steering column-mounted paddles, developed in the company's GT race program.

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The car measures almost 4.5 metres in length, and is just over 2 metres wide, with a body and interior crafted from carbon fibre to make the car light and strong.

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