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Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the DBR9, which will spearhead the British marque's return to international motor racing in 2005.



The car was shown to a selected audience for the first time on 4th November 2004 at Aston Martin's headquarters at Gaydon in the UK. An intensive testing programme now follows for Aston Martin Racing prior to the DBR9's debut race scheduled for the 12 hours of Sebring, Florida, in March 2005.

Aston Martin Racing will run two cars at Sebring and then move to Europe to prepare for the Le Mans 24 hours in June 2005. This will mark Aston Martin's return to the race which was won outright in 1959 with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. In recognition of this, the DBR9 will follow the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and Works DB3S and carry the same green and yellow livery as the cars which dominated sports car racing in the late 1950s.



Aston Martin Racing will build 12 Works cars, which will be run by three Works teams in the major international GT series. A limited run of only 20 racing cars, prepared to the same specification, will also be built and made available to selected customers to race or keep in private collections.

The DBR9 GT racing car is based on the latest Aston Martin production sports car - the DB9 - but is significantly modified for competition use. The DB9's bonded-aluminium body architecture is shared with the DBR9 and provides both with a lightweight rigid chassis. The race engine uses the same aluminium cylinder block and head as the DB9's 450bhp 6-litre V12 unit, but with racing modification it is expected to produce in the region of 600bhp.

The DB9's double wishbone suspension configuration is retained on the DBR9, but features uprated components and a revised geometry for racing purposes. Formula One style carbon brakes are fitted front and rear and a competition, six-speed sequential gearbox is mounted at the rear axle.

The DBR9 was styled by Aston Martin Racing's own design team who made extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to optimise the aerodynamics before producing the final body surface. The panels are hand made from carbon-fibre composite, helping the car to meet its 1,100kg minimum weight and giving it a power to weight ratio of 550bhp per tonne - more than double that of the road car.

Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin, said: "We need to create heightened awareness for Aston Martin around the world and motor sport will allow us to do this.

"We took four years to find the ideal partner in David Richards and Prodrive and together have created Aston Martin Racing. The DBR9 is the first step in our return to motor sport and I know that our customers and enthusiasts alike are looking forward to seeing Aston Martin racing again at an international level in 2005."

 

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Also announced today :

It was announced today that former Grand Prix stars Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell were joining forces with David Price to create a new team, with the aim of racing in the 2006 FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The venture is at a very early stage, and more details concerning additional drivers and personnel, along with the team location, will be released at a later date.

Martin said of the project, "Mark and I share a burning desire to race again. I have never hung up my boots, but have simply been too busy these past three years to get my adrenaline fix at the wheel. We both still have plenty to offer on the track, and with the right car and sponsors, together with David Price, we can build a great team and television programme around this project."

Mark added, "Our preferred option would be to run the works Aston Martin DBR9, a beautiful car which, with the planned development programme, is sure to be competitive. Aston Martin enjoys a great sports car and Le Mans heritage, and our combined experiences, particularly with Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Bentley, will be invaluable. The FIA GT Championship travels around the globe, which will be both interesting to the sponsors and a great challenge for us as drivers. My motivation to race is as strong as ever, and the friendly but ever-intense competition between Martin and myself will drive us both on!"

David Price commented: "When Mark suggested the idea of us getting together again it sounded very appealing. We all have a good personal and professional relationship, and I genuinely believe that the three of us are capable of taking on the best in the world."

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Oooh, I really like the look of that!!!
It sounds like they've got a good package there, with Prodrive as their partner and all. But, when can we have it in on our tracks?

Thanks for posting, Nuro!
 

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I wasn't to bothered when I read the title of the thread, but now I have seen the car...

Personally I like the yellow, though it does need a yellow stripe too
 

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Absolutely wonderful. I'll be queuing up to see that one race, and anticipating a few tasty 1/32nd versions.
Love the yellow nose band- very traditional!
 

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OUCH ! What so fabulous car

It's a great pleasure to see a come back of GT in Le Mans, and British cars too, even my favourite mark is Porsche... le Mans race should change, because it's dominated by Audi and year by year, there is no more suspens ( Like in F1 with Ferrari). We have to support all these legendary GT mark ( Morgan, TVR, Ferrari, Corvette and now Aston...). Le Mans should be a GT race like in the 50's and 60's. I was desapointed because of no more race program of Bentley ( Audi engine
!!!), their cars were so elegant....
This year in le Mans, I talked with te director o f The Museum, and he told me a truth : " If tomorrow, people from Great Britain don't come at le Mans race, Le Mans will die..."
So support your Teams....


Have a nice day


Mike Delanney
 

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Astro, time for new glasses! That Toyota is not a car!


Great to see a name like Aston Martin rejuvenated within the racing world!
 

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Phoar! That looks a beast to beat allcomers and will look good in 1:32 dicing with a 575, eh, Carrera?
 

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Slight shame about the tea-tray venturis sticking out of the back. Nicer if it had been integrated into the design more, but what the heck!
Great link, Thanks!
And a truly gorgeous car.
 

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I was thinking what an absolutely beautiful creation that Aston is until I read Jimster's remark:

QUOTE They should lose the yellow around the front grill. Makes it look like a fish!

Now I can't help seeing the thing look like a huge carp. Maybe they should do a version with gold colored scales!

Seriously though - It is a BEAUTIFUL car. I truly admire the nod to vintage racing and I would like to see this work of art on my 1:32 layout going up against a Ferrari 575 or Corvette C5R.

Is somebody on it?

Steve
 
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