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Old 11-08-2005, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
Location: Leeds, UK
Aston Martin DBRS9

I absolutely ADORE this car, so I thought i'd share it with the unfortunate souls whom have yet to feast their eye's upon it.

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Aston Martin Racing Reveals the DBR9 (from Rsportcars.com)

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the DBR9, which will spearhead the British marque’s return to international motor racing in 2005.

The car was shown to a selected audience for the first time on 4th November 2004 at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon in the UK. An intensive testing programme now follows for Aston Martin Racing prior to the DBR9’s debut race scheduled for the 12 hours of Sebring, Florida, in March 2005.

Aston Martin Racing will run two cars at Sebring and then move to Europe to prepare for the Le Mans 24 hours in June 2005. This will mark Aston Martin’s return to the race which was won outright in 1959 with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. In recognition of this, the DBR9 will follow the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and Works DB3S and carry the same green and yellow livery as the cars which dominated sports car racing in the late 1950s.

Aston Martin Racing will build 12 Works cars, which will be run by three Works teams in the major international GT series. A limited run of only 20 racing cars, prepared to the same specification, will also be built and made available to selected customers to race or keep in private collections.

The DBR9 GT racing car is based on the latest Aston Martin production sports car - the DB9 - but is significantly modified for competition use. The DB9’s bonded-aluminium body architecture is shared with the DBR9 and provides both with a lightweight rigid chassis. The race engine uses the same aluminium cylinder block and head as the DB9’s 450 bhp 6-litre V12 unit, but with racing modification it is expected to produce in the region of 600 bhp.

The DB9’s double wishbone suspension configuration is retained on the DBR9, but features uprated components and a revised geometry for racing purposes. Formula One style carbon brakes are fitted front and rear and a competition, six-speed sequential gearbox is mounted at the rear axle.

The DBR9 was styled by Aston Martin Racing’s own design team who made extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to optimise the aerodynamics before producing the final body surface. The panels are hand made from carbon-fibre composite, helping the car to meet its 1,100 kg minimum weight and giving it a power to weight ratio of 550 bhp per tonne - more than double that of the road car.

Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin, said: "We need to create heightened awareness for Aston Martin around the world and motor sport will allow us to do this.

"We took four years to find the ideal partner in David Richards and Prodrive and together have created Aston Martin Racing. The DBR9 is the first step in our return to motor sport and I know that our customers and enthusiasts alike are looking forward to seeing Aston Martin racing again at an international level in 2005."
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sheez, I'd just take the street version. Insane, beautiful, friendly, and a daily driver.

Then I'd make my days 8-hours long so I could wake up and drive to work three times as often.
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cyrnel
Sheez, I'd just take the street version. Insane, beautiful, friendly, and a daily driver.

Then I'd make my days 8-hours long so I could wake up and drive to work three times as often.
I agree... When considering practicality. But when it comes down sex appeal, I’d have to choose the DBR9. Apparently a road version will be available some day...
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love them cars... too bad we don't seem to see them here in the US like I do when in London...
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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All that gorgeousness and by gum it's British to boot. Hehehe....

They're a rare sight at home too. I live (normally) in the (slightly richer) south and I'll be lucky if I see one or two Astons a month. In London, however, I once had the rare and slightly comical honor of seeing four Bently GT Continentals parked in a row....
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Saw these on Top Gear last season when the Stig did a power lap in it, great looking and sounding cars.
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Saw these on Top Gear last season when the Stig did a power lap in it, great looking and sounding cars.
Incase anyone wanted to see that amazing footage:

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Didn't I just see the DBRS9 racing on Speed last week? Maybe at Laguna Seca or was it Sebring?

I see a few Aston Martins on the street now and then; not a DBR9 of course. On my way to work, almost every day unless weather is crappy I see an Aston going the other way, I think it's a Vanquish, but they're all gorgeous. And one of the major dealers in NE U.S. is near here and I always slow down and look at all the Aston Martins he has on the showroom floor, along with Lamborghini's, Bentley's, RR, etc. My two boys like me to take them there just to look around and then bug me to ask for test drives ...we haven't gotten a test drive yet.

I worked in Oreland PA a few years ago and right on the next block was a small garage full of Aston Martins, mostly DB3,4,5,6 models from the '50's and '60's being restored, I think the shop owner himself owned a handful of older Aston Martins.
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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AM was pretty sucessful at Le Mans this year as well.
And yes, the DB9 is just mouth-wateringly, heart-achingly gorgeous.
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Saw them at the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this year - end of Sept. Had a street version in their paddock. Beautiful car. Not a big fan of the 'lipstick' on the front grill opeing to differentiate the two (yellow and orange).
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Old 11-11-2005, 06:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Saw them at their debut at Sebring earlier this year. They were definitely hot. They ran in the same class with the Corvette C6R's and Saleen Mustangs.

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