Aston Martin: New Aston Martin V12 Zagato makes racing debut at the Nürburgring

Friday, May 27, 2011

The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato will make its racing debut on Saturday 28th May at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the historic Nürburgring racetrack in Germany.

Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage and sporting a beautifully handcrafted aluminium body, the V12 Zagato was unveiled last weekend at the renowned Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa D’Este ,Italy. After a public vote the V12 Zagato saw off tough competition from other manufacturers and was honoured with winning the Design Award for the Concept Cars and Prototypes class.

50 years has gone by since the creation of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, the first collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato. In this special anniversary year it seemed appropriate that the two companies come together once more to create a stunning modern interpretation.

The first DB4GT Zagato shown to the public in late 1960 spent much of its life as a racing car after launch. Later perhaps the two most famous DB4GT Zagatos, registered ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’ were raced with success by such names as Jim Clark and Roy Salvadori. The fascinating story of these cars and the nature of high performance and low weight which drove the Zagato projects gave the inspiration for the first two V12 Zagatos to be created as endurance race cars.

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will make its race debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the Nürburgring on Saturday 28th May at 1200hrs (Central European Summer Time).
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