The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is a concept car endurance race by Aston Martin in collaboration with Zagato to celebrate a partnership 50 years since the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Introduced in Lake Como, Italy Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este May 21, 2011, the Zagato received the “Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes” competition which was also won by the Aston Martin One-77 2009 as the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is based on the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine with 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts / 517 PS) and 570 Nm (420 pounds-ft) of torque.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato Design
Designed the Aston Martin in Gaydon Design Studios, the concept has a new hand with Vantage aluminum body similar to the front and rear section of a modified medium, the roof and unite both DNA design business. Another advantage is the fuel tank endurance races carry up to 120 liters of fuel.
After the production of great interest to customers Aston Martin announced it would build an approved version of the car, only producing a limited edition of 150 at the headquarters of Aston Martin in Gaydon. Delivery in the second half of 2012, the Zagato will cost around £ 330,000 excluding local taxes.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racing History
Two Aston Martin V12 Zagato has participated in the race 51a-Langstreckenrennen VLN ADAC Reinoldus four hours on June 11 Again, such a practice session before the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez leading the driver joined Nürburgring test computer center director of the company, Wolfgang Schuhbauer more experienced amateur racer Peter Cate in the first two V12 Zagato. The sister car was driven by the Aston Martin One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, sports driver Oliver Mathai and automotive journalist Richard Meaden experience. Competition in the SP8 class, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato , close to production cars is safe as essential and aerodynamic modifications required for the race, took 2nd and 3rd class seats, which is equivalent to 15 and 39th in the field of 150 cars in most specialists.
The two Aston Martin V12 Zagato affectionately nicknamed “Zig” (green car) and “Zag” (red RCA) participated in the 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24-hour race, held on 25-26 June The two factory supported both cars finished the race, finishing fifth and sixth in the SP8 class. The red car also ran at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 1-3 July. Powered by Aston Martin Chief Designer Marek Reichman, the car recorded a best time of 61.21 to finish 15th overall in the lot.
On October 17 “Zig” was part of a collaboration between Aston Martin and Toyota in the VLN9 Meilen-Rennen 250 DMV. During the racing drivers, both the V12 Zagato and Lexus LF A, including Aston Martin CEO and President of Toyota had the opportunity to drive two cars. 2012 ‘Zig’ VLN3 seen as a test for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, during which the car unfortunately suffered a puncture on the first lap, but was at the end of the race without problems.
Prior to racing green livery “Zig” was repainted blue and black Gulf for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring to match his teammates GT3. The car had a great race and ran perfectly all driven by Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez Dr. (D), Chief Engineer Chris Porritt (GB), Nürburgring Test Centre Director Wolfgang Schuhbauer (D) and journalist Richard Meaden (GB) and finished second in the overall standings and 26th in class. The same car also attended the festival Aston Martin Le Mans, a support race for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. During the first season had fought to an impressive fourth place after the beginning of the tenth, before returning to his teammate, Dr. Ulrich Bez.