We were able to receive shots of the Aston Martin Rapide Nurburgring Edition ’s first tests in preparation for the high endurance race that is the ADAC 24H Nurburgring. The Rapide has undergone some changes to make the car race-ready, but, true to Aston Martin form, the modifications have been minimal. The only modifications made were to make the car race-ready and to reduce body weight. Body weight reduction was achieved by eliminating the interior trims and features. The Rapide seen here features some nice sleek black livery that we could safely assume will be ripped off closer to race time to reveal the car’s original blue color scheme. The Aston Martin Rapide’s engine is a 6.0 Liter V12 mated with a six speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission producing 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque. The original four door sedan has had the back doors sealed off, leaving it with more of a racing feel.
Aston Martin has had success on this track before so we would expect a magnificent showing at this year’s ADAC 24H race on May 13th-16th, 2010.