Aston Martin V12 Zagato hits up Nurburgring for first round of preparations
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato endurance race car concept has completed its first run under racing conditions in the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the Nurburgring. The four-hour race among some other 150 competitors is just the start of preparations for a two-car V12 Zagato entry at the Nurburgring 24-hour race in late June.
The new V12 Zagato was joined by four other Aston Martins on the track, including the factory supported V8 Vantage (aka Smurf) and V12 Vantage (aka Kermit).
“The V12 Zagato completed useful development laps during the four-hour race and while experiencing some inevitable teething issues, accrued valuable data which can be used to hone the car ahead of the 24-hour race next month,” Aston Martin said in a press release.
At the 24-hour race next month, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez will be leading the team in a V12 Zagato endurance race car.
Refresher: Power for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato comes from a 6.0 liter V12 engine making 510-hp and a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a six-speed automated manual gearbox with auto shift manual/select shift manual. The rear-wheel-drive model features an all round independent double wishbone with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV dampers. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will appear in the form of an endurance race car to compete at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.