Next to the four-door sedan Rapide , Aston Martin will also race a V12 Vantage at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24-hour race. The car will be driven by Peter Cate (GB), Oliver Mathai (D), journalist Richard Meaden (GB), and Chris Porritt.
The V12 Vantage Nurburgring car adds new aerodynamic enhancements to the original car which saw off a field of largely specialist race cars in the SP8 class last year. The race spec version of the Rapide wouldn’t be too far off of the production version with the only noticeable differences between the two being the addition of race safety modifications and the elimination of all the interior trims and features found in the production version in an effort to reduce the car’s overall weight. The car is intended as a technical exercise to allow the Aston Martin engineering team to explore further performance potential in the V12 Vantage with the new aerodynamic aids providing greater downforce through the Nürburgring’s myriad of corners and undulating surfaces.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Nurburgring, as well as many others, will have a practice session this morning followed by a nighttime qualifying session tonight at 5:15 CET. The daytime qualifying session will be held on Friday at 12:45 CET with the 38th ADAC Nurburgring 24-HR race beginning at 3:00pm on May 15, 2010.
Press release after the jump.