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Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Gunning for Nurburgring 24 Victory


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Just the Facts:
  • Aston Martin Racing will field an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours.
  • The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is equipped with a modified version of the automaker's production 6.0-liter V12 engine.
  • The engine is capable of producing in excess of 600 horsepower, according to Aston Martin.

NURBURG, Germany — Aston Martin Racing will field an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is equipped with a modified version of the automaker's production 6.0-liter V12 engine.

The engine is capable of producing in excess of 600 horsepower, according to Aston Martin. The car is decked out in the blue-and-yellow colors of sponsor Bilstein. Works drivers Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Allan Simonsen and Pedro Lamy will take turns at the wheel of the car.

Aston Martin Racing is geared up for what the team calls its "most dedicated attempt" to win the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours, a contest for GT and touring cars on the 15.5-mile Nordschleife circuit.

The 41st edition of the race is scheduled for this weekend.

"This remarkable race, with more than 200 starters, has grown enormously in status since we first entered a nearly standard V8 Vantage back in 2006," said David King, director of special projects and motorsport at Aston Martin.

"It is fitting that our most ambitious and competitive entry yet coincides with our centenary year, but we face a tough challenge from more than 30 world-class GT3 entries, with the German sports car manufacturers in particular represented in force."

BMW is the winning car in the race's history, with 19 victories.

Aston Martin has competed each year since 2006, and also races in the VLN, a 10-race series of four-hour races on the historic circuit.

The GT3 entry will be accompanied by two other entries, the Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S and a V12 Vantage in close-to-production specification.

Edmunds says: All 24-hour races are grueling tests, but the monstrous track known as "the Green Hell," with a lap record time of more than 8 minutes, adds a whole different dimension to the Nurburgring 24.

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