Aston Martin V12 Zagato Endurance Racers Head to Nurburgring

The V12 Zagato wasn’t merely a design exercise for Aston Martin and Zagato: Race-ready examples of the V12 Zagato are heading to Germany’s Nürburgring this weekend to prepare for a 24-hour race at the end of June.

Two race-spec cars will enter the four-hour ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen VLN5 race at the ‘Ring on Saturday, June 11. The race is meant to help the drivers familiarize themselves with the Nürburgring, and allow engineers to fine-tune the cars, ahead of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race on June 25. The competition-ready Zagatos were reportedly already tested at the Nürburgring in late May.

One race-going Zagato will be piloted byAston CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Nürburgring Test Center Director Wolfgang Schuhbauer, and race driver Peter Cate. The other car’s driving responsibilities will be divided among Aston Martin One-77 engineer Chris Porritt, racer Oliver Mathai, and U.K. automotive journalist Richard Meaden.

The V12 Zagato won a design award when it made its public debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Villa d’Este last month. The car, jointly styled by Aston’s in-house designers and Italian coachbuilder Zagato, paid tribute to the 50th birthday of the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato -- the first ever collaboration between Aston and Zagato.

The new car wears hand-built aluminum bodywork over the running gear of the V12 Vantage, with a 6.0-liter V-12 rated at 510 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. If you like the sound of all this, start saving your paychecks, as Aston says it may build a limited number of V12 Zagato road cars in 2012.

Source: Aston Martin

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