Aston Martin V12 Vantage meets 2010 DBR1-2 Le Mans race car

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 28, 2010

Not only does the Aston Martin V12 engine power the One-77, DBS, DB9, Rapide and V12 Vantage but it is also now featured on the 2010 DBR1-2 Le Mans race car. It was in 2009 that the V12 Vantage was launched and attained critical acclaim. It arrived in the U.S. in 2010.

It is described to be the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range with the 6.0 liter V12 engine delivering 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb.ft). 

The V12 engined DBR1-2 is an Aston Martin LMP1 race car that made the rounds in races throughout 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, it won the Le Mans Series and it achieved three podiums in 2010. Hence, it comes as great news that this engine powers these evocative driving machines. This footage captures the performance of these two iconic road and race cars for the first time ever in an unusual road setting.

Continuing the tradition of Aston Martin in carrying concepts through to the production phase, the company unveiled the V12 Vantage. This achievement is made even more impressive due to the fact that engineers at Aston Martin managed to bring the product to the market in just 12 months.

The concept car was revealed during the Aston Martin Design Studio’s opening in December 2007. Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin, revealed that the V12 Vantage is the ultimate driving package as it delivers good performance in order to make sure that it results to a thrilling driving experience and a daily practicality.

The V12 Vantage, Bez adds, is one of the best considering that it combines the most powerful engine with the company’s most agile car. Unlike other models already available from Aston Martin, the V12 Vantage has its own character ensuring that it allows many people the chance to experience what it feels to drive an Aston Martin by appealing to various people each with their own preferences.

The V12 Vantage is also an example of the company’s strengths particularly in being able to take a concept to reality swiftly. The V12 Vantage benefits from the use of materials and parts that have been developed for racing like carbon fiber.

Since the car has been designed with the focused driver in mind, every component was made to make sure that agility and performance are perfect while driving enjoyment is maintained. Meanwhile, the design is pleasing to the eyes and it remains as modest as can be expected from the Aston Martin.

The design also shows the potential of the car with cooling aids and better aerodynamics. The interior is also something to look forward to as it can ensure that the driver is able to get peak performance from the car as well as enjoy the comfort that the Aston martin provides especially during long drives.

The engine of the V12 Vantage can release high levels of power and torque ensuring that it can be driven in almost any condition. The V12 Vantage is being manufactured at Gaydon, Warwickshire, which is also the company’s global headquarters.

This is also where the DBS, DB9, and V8 Vantage lines are being manufactured as well. The facility produces cars with the traditional practice of hand craftsmanship coupled with high-technology processes. Only 1,000 units will be manufactured for the V12 Vantage, making it an exclusive model.

Press Release


Gaydon, 23 December 2010. The Aston Martin V12 engine sits not just at the heart of the One-77, DBS, DB9, Rapide and V12 Vantage but also the 2010 DBR1-2 Le Mans race car.

The V12 Vantage was launched to critical acclaim in 2009, and in 2010, it arrived in the US. It is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range featuring a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb.ft) and has been dynamically honed to deliver an unparalleled driving experience.

The V12 engined DBR1-2 is an Aston Martin LMP1 race car which competed throughout 2009 and 2010. It won the Le Mans Series in 2009 and achieved three podiums in 2010.

It is this revered engine that sits at the heart of these evocative driving machines.

This unique footage captures these two iconic road and race cars in action for the first time in an unconventional road setting.

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