Aston Martin Revs Up for 24Hr Nurburgring Race

Aston Martin’s Rapide and a V12 Vantage with aerodynamic enhancements will be taken to the race track this weekend to participate in the the first qualifying sessions ahead of the Nürburgring 24-hour race, the Aston Martin Racing team announced today.

Driving the Rapide will be Aston Martin’s CEO, Ulrich Bez who will be joined by journalist Matthew Marsh , the company’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director; Wolfgang Schuhbauer and engineering manager; Chris Porritt.

The V12 Vantage will be piloted by experienced sports car drivers Peter Cate, Oliver Mathai , journalist Richard Meaden and again Chris Porritt.

“This is our fifth consecutive year at the Nürburgring 24-hour race and it is remarkable to see how the manufacturer interest has grown as well as the pace and intensity of the racing,”
Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, David King said in a release. “This year looks like being the toughest ever, particularly given the forecast of cold and wet weather throughout the race. However, we feel well prepared and we are ready for the challenge.”

The Rapide race car will be similar to production standard with full FIA race safety modifications, interior trim removed to reduce weight, re-tuned suspension and will run on slick tires specially designed for track use.

On the other hand, the V12 Vantage is based on the standard road car and the near production standard race variant, and has been extensively tested over the past few weeks in the UK and Germany.
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