Aston Martin has announced that it will return to the legendary Nordschleife circuit for the 5th consecutive year at the 38th ADAC Nurburgring 24 hour Race with it’s new four-door sports sedan – the Aston Martin Rapide.
Aston Martin said that the Rapide will see little changes for the race besides some of the mandatory changes required to compete in the demanding race and will be driven by a team of engineers from the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England.
“This race represents the ultimate final engineering durability test for any sports car ““ it subjects the car to the toughest possible assessment under public scrutiny, said Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez who will lead the Rapide driver team. “The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars. We already have a proven track record at the Nurburgring racing our road cars with limited modification and in recent years we have enjoyed success in winning the SP8 class both in 2008 and 2009.”
The Aston Martin Rapide race car will see some race safety modifications, interior trim removed to reduce weight, re-tuned suspension and will run on slick tires designed for track use.
The 38th ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hour Race will take place on May 15/16 2010.
Refresher: Power for the Aston Martin Rapide comes from a 6.0L V12 engine making 470-hp and a peak torque of 443 lb-ft. Mated to a Touchtronic 2 6-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system, the Aston Martin Rapide can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph.
Aston Martin Rapide Race Car:
Aston Martin Rapide:
– By: Omar Rana