The 24 Hours Nürburgring is one of the most intensive and enduring road races in the world. Aston Martin perennially uses this race to test their road cars, and now they’re putting the new 2015 Vantage GT to the test.
The Nürburgring 24 Hours is a race designed for touring car endurance racing across and the north loop of the Nürburgring raceway. The overall lap length is 25 km(13 mi,) and on any given year, around 200 cars participate in the event, between around 700 drivers. The race runs for approximately 24 hours, with the winning car usually putting in around 155 laps, provided the race isn’t flagged due to inclement weather. Each car can have 2,3, or 4 drivers, with each driver being allowed a maximum of 150 minutes behind the wheel before a mandatory rest period. This year’s race will take place on June 21st and 22nd.
Aston Martin is using this opportunity to prove it’s new Vantage GT under track conditions. Two cars will be fielded, one in the SP8, and another one in the SP10 class. Both of the cars will be very near to production specifications, however, they will be complete with full FIA safety gear and meet all race regulations. These cars will be piloted by a number of Aston Martin engineering and racing drivers, including former Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Benz; each car will have a total of four drivers for the race. A Vantage GT3 racecar, with a V12, will compete in the SP9 class, with the ultimate aim of bringing Aston Martin home a win. Driving this car will be Aston Martin factory drivers, Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke and Pedro Lamy. We’ve also heard that a near production variant of the 2015 V12 Vantage S will be participating in the SP8 class.
The Vantage GT used will be powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 found in the production version and will have 430 horsepower, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of around 4.6 seconds. The Vantage GT comes available in a six-speed manual transmission, or a seven speed, automated manual equipped with paddle shifters.