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.

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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.

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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.

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