Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

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Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby zaxrex » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:17 pm

From prototype showcase to endurance race in less than a month, Aston Martin will be entering two Zagatos for the ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Gabe, what are you doing this weekend now that you got some wheels?
UK NewsPress wrote:Nürburgring 22 June 2011. This week Aston Martin is putting the final touches to its race preparations in readiness for the toughest 24 hour race of them all – the annual ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours on 25 and 26 June where a brace of new Aston Martin V12 Zagatos will compete.

This weekend marks the next step of an ambitious project which began when the V12 Zagato was unveiled at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este in May this year, winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes. The show car was then transformed into the number 3 race car, nicknamed ‘Zag’ (red) and will be piloted in the 24 hour race by Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and automotive journalists Horst von Saurma and Matthew Marsh.

■Two new Aston Martin V12 Zagatos entered in 24 hour race, just weeks after being first unveiled
■Experienced driver line-up, led by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez
■The V12 Zagatos are joined by an Aston Martin-entered V8 Vantage GT4 featuring Aston Martin Racing works driver Darren Turner

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I know I would be pretty pissed if I was the one whe pounded those sheets of metal by hand to make the body and saw get all crumpled up if it has an "off".
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby Sabre » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:53 pm

zaxrex wrote:I know I would be pretty pissed if I was the one whe pounded those sheets of metal by hand to make the body and saw get all crumpled up if it has an "off".

Very true... but it's bound to happen at some point if they are really pushing it.

VERY cool BTW :)
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby Mr Kleen » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:06 am

I wonder if a person could just show up on Saturday and still get a ticket to the race and parking?

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Postby Sabre » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:48 am

Ya never know till you try!!!! (and it will get more of the break in done, haha)
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby zaxrex » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:54 am

Well, tickets are being sold for each day, but what that actually gets you, I have no idea.
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Postby Mr Kleen » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:34 pm

Tickets are sold out for Saturday but I won't be caught unawares next year. :mrgreen:

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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby zaxrex » Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:53 pm

Zagato proto/production units to appear at Frankfurt Auto show.
I guess they didn't crash 'em at the ring.

They just look.... awesome.
(I know what the "Z" badge represents, but that plus the rear quarter kinda hint of Nissan)
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Aston Martin Press Release wrote:ASTON MARTIN V12 ZAGATO SET FOR MOTOR SHOW DEBUT AT FRANKFURT

25 August 2011: Gaydon - The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato will be appearing in September at the 64th IAA International Motor Show at Frankfurt. Along with the largest display of contemporary Aston Martins ever seen at a Motor Show, two V12 Zagatos, both having completed their engineering sign-off at the Nürburgring 24 hour race, will be shown for the first time at a mainstream event.

Hand assembled at the company's global headquarters in Gaydon, England, the V12 Zagato is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and features a beautiful 'handcrafted' aluminium and carbon fibre body. Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts Aston Martin's most dynamic bonded aluminium platform and the power of the company's acclaimed 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.

Following extremely positive initial customer reaction, the V12 Zagato is being offered for sale at £330,000 GBP (excluding local taxes) and will go into strictly limited production of up to 150 cars in summer 2012. 50 years on from the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity which underpinned the original collaboration.

Launched successfully in late May at the famous Villa D'Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy, the V12 Zagato saw off tough competition to be awarded the coveted Design Award for the concept and prototypes class. Just a week later, the V12 Zagato made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the historic Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. Following other appearances in the series, both prototypes of the V12 Zagato were entered into the gruelling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour on 25/26 June, successfully amassing a combined 230 laps and over 3,700 miles of intense durability testing – both taking the chequered flag to maintain Aston Martin's 100% finish record in the race.

The first of the two V12 Zagatos being shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, finished in its distinctive green livery is the full endurance race car concept specification as campaigned at the Nürburgring. The car, nicknamed 'Zig' by the factory team features a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler designed to make the most of the Nürburgring's multitude of corners and lengthy straights.

The second of the cars, nicknamed 'Zag', was originally shown at the Villa D'Este before being converted into the same full racing specification as the sister car. Since the 24 hour race, Zag, has been returned to its original show specification which, although showing a racing car interior, has an exterior more representative of the exclusive road car currently offered for order. In addition to this, Aston Martin today releases the first conceptual illustrations of the road car variant that will go into production from mid 2012.

The pair of V12 Zagatos will join the Aston Martin stand at Frankfurt in September alongside the stunning One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and Vantage S.


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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby Mr Kleen » Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:50 pm

I'm going, and I have a free couch...

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Postby Sabre » Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:32 pm

Damn that thing is hot!
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby PGT » Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:42 pm

zaxrex wrote:Zagato proto/production units to appear at Frankfurt Auto show.

(I know what the "Z" badge represents, but that plus the rear quarter kinda hint of Nissan)


Umm, Zagato? A-M has a long history of Zagato-bodied special editions going back 50yrs.


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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby zaxrex » Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:19 pm

PGT wrote:Umm, Zagato?

:bowd:
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Postby PGT » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:33 pm

you didn't know that? really? I grew up lusting over them in the 1980's. "Sports Car International"?
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby zaxrex » Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:27 pm

I do.
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Re: Zagato V-12 prototypes to run in 'Ring 24h

Postby PGT » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:39 pm

You should use the sarcasm font more often :p
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