Aston Martin is putting the final touches to its race preparations in readiness for the toughest 24 hour race of them all - the annual ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours on 25 and 26 June, 2011 where a brace of new Aston Martin V12 Zagatos will compete.
This weekend marks the next step of an ambitious project which began when the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was unveiled at the Concorso D'Eleganza at Villa D'Este in May 2011, winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes. The show car was then transformed into the number 3 race car, nicknamed 'Zag' (red) and will be piloted in the 24 hour race by Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company's Nürburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and automotive journalists Horst von Saurma and Matthew Marsh.
In addition, a green Aston Martin V12 Zagato (nicknamed 'Zig') - car number 5 for the race - was prepared by the small team based at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Zig will be driven by One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, experienced sports car driver Oliver Mathai, automotive journalist Richard Meaden and experienced amateur racer Peter Cate.
The 6 liter engine with V engine configuration gives the 510 bHp power output. The Aston Martin genuine alluminium material gives contribution to the low weight car design in order to keep the car to have good power to weight ratio. This newest Aston Martin product puts 470 Lbft of torque to put your back against the backrest when the car gives its maximum acceleration capability.
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