V12 Zagato Ready to Be Raced by Aston Martin CEO at Nurburgring

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The tough 24-hour race at the Nurburgring will be held this weekend, and Aston Martin has readied the stunning race version of the V12 Zagato Concept for the event. The number 3 race car, which was nicknamed ‘Zag’ (red), will be piloted by the company’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s Nurburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and automotive journalists Horst von Saurma and Matthew Marsh.

The British carmaker has just released a full set of images showing the red racer and we have to admint that we haven't seen something this awesome in a long time. This car looks like it has been touched by the motorsport gods!

The second V12 Zagato concept racer is finished in green and has been nicknamed ‘Zig’. It will be driven by One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, sports car driver Oliver Mathai, automotive journalist Richard Meaden and amateur racer Peter Cate.

Both are bases on the V12 Vantage chassis, and have been revealed in show-going form at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este in May this year, in order to celebrate the partnership between the two companies in the 50th anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato.

There’s a third, more conventional Aston in the race as well - a V8 Vantage GT4 affectionately nicknamed ‘Smurf’ because it used to be blue. It will be driven by Aston Martin Racing works driver, Darren Turner, journalist and experienced 24 hour driver, Shinichi Katsura, Australian racer Rob Thomson and seasoned Nurburgring pilot Jurgen Stumpf.

“Our entries this year extend our Nurburgring racing philosophy. For five years now we have signed-off our new products by entering a car which is as close to the road car as possible and subjecting it to the toughest 24 hour test on what best simulates the extremities of public roads. This year we go a step further by testing a car at prototype stage,” said Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport.
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