New four-door to tackle 24 hour 'Ring race
6 April 2010

This Aston Martin Rapide will compete in the Nurburgring 24 Hours this year.

It will be driven by Aston Martin chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez and a team of Aston Martin engineers.

See the Aston Martin Rapide racer picture

Bez said: “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.

“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."

The car will tackle the 15/16 May event in near-standard trim, with only safety, weight-saving and suspension modifications. It will also run on slicks.

Aston Martin has contested the race for the past five years, using race versions of both the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage.

An Aston Martin V12 Vantage will also take part in the race. The driver line-up has not yet been announced.

Follow us on FacebookSee all the latest Aston Martin reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Aston Martin Rapide

The Aston Martin Rapide is beautifully styled and brilliantly accomplished

Join the debate

Comments
3

6 April 2010

Really? So the Aston engineers looked at the V8 & V12 Vantage, DB9 and DBS, and thought 'Nah, we need something racier. How about that longer, heavier, uglier, flexier 4-door-DB9 thing instead?'

7 April 2010

I think it looks very Maserati Quattroporte in that pic. I reckon that on the road cars the C pillar could do with the Aston Martin winged moniker, in the same place as Maserati display theirs on the Quattroporte. It might help balance the rear side element of the design

7 April 2010

[quote Autocar]It will be driven by Aston Martin chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez and a team of Aston Martin engineers.[/quote]

....sitting in the passenger seats.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK