Aston Martin’s CEO will drive the V12 Vantage in the Nurburgring 24-hour race

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The Northern Loop of the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race will start today and Aston Martin will be present on the starting grid with the brand new V12 Vantage coupe, its newest super sports car, which will come in almost standard spec just for the race. The car will be piloted by Dr. Ulrich Bez, the CEO of Aston Martin together with its engineering team reps.

This will be Bez's fourth successive 24-hour race and he said that this is going to be the toughest engineering durability test for the V12 Vantage project.

The car, which was revealed at last month's Geneva Motor Show, comes with Aston Martin's well-known 6.0-liter V12 powerplant that can generate 510hp (380kW) and a top torque of 420lb-ft (570Nm).

Essential safety revisions, a reduction in weight and retuned suspension without aero improvements are the only distinctions between the new racecar and the production version. The racecar comes with a set of Pirelli P Zero Circuit Racing tires for performance enhancements.

Together with the V12 Vantage will also be the V8 Vantage that was observed in 2006 and motivated the design architecture for the Vantage N24 model as well as the GT4 racecar.

The V8 Vantage has entered and finished the 24-hour challenge for four times and has endured in excess of 20,000 miles altogether. There will be four other Vantage N24 racecars that will be joining the Le Mans and Richard Karner, the carmaker's Austrian dealer will be behind the wheel of one of them.

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