Iconic Gulf livery to return to Le Mans with Aston Martin
10 January 2008

Aston Martin Racing is ready for LeMans, today announcing a new alliance with Gulf Oils and unveiling the gorgeous new DBR9 GT1 racer in the iconic Gulf livery. Dave Richards - boss of Prodrive, the outfit that runs the AM LeMans team - was on hand to pull the wraps off the new car at the Autosport Show in Birmingham. He spoke of his “genuine optimism” that the British-based team would be able to defend its title at LeMans 24-hour race in 2008. This year also represents the 40th anniversary of Aston's first LeMans victory, when the team also raced in Gulf colours.Richards also spoke of Aston’s new GT2 racer, based on the V8 Vantage road car, which will go into GT Series competition next season. Prodrive will help to run a biofuel version of the GT2, to be driven by Lord Drayson, the peer who recently left office to race in the American LeMans series.

Will Powell

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim