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Aston Martin V12 Zagato shows its race face

By on May 27, 2011 3:54 PM
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Barely a week after rolling off with the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes at the Villa D'Este Concours d'elegance in Como, Italy, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato has resurfaced in its competition mode, courtesy of the first official factory rendering. Biggest changes to the original version come in the form of a slightly revised nose with a deeper, more aggressive front splitter and a larger rear spoiler plus the fitment of black rather than diamond-finish alloy wheels. The real deal will be making its maiden track outing this weekend at the Nürburgring where it will compete in the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race, with Aston Martin's Chief Executive Dr Ulrich Bez heading up a driver team. In June, Bez and the rest of the A-M speed squad will head back to that famed German venue with two V12 Zagato racers to take part in the annual 24 hour race on the legendary Nordschliefe circuit. "Nürburgring is where we sign-off every new model in terms of dynamics, and there can be no better place for the new V12 Zagato to be finally tested. The 24 hour race is the ultimate road test and a fitting introduction for the V12 Zagato."

Created to celebrate the initial collaboration between Aston Martin and the Italian coachbuilder Zagato that resulted in the iconic 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato model, the new V12 Zagato embodies a similarly inspired take on a lightweight performance coupe in both concept and competitive guise. As expected, Bez confirmed that the future looks bright for this stunning exercise making an equally rapid transition from pit lane to the driveways of a least a few well-heeled Aston Martin aficionados. "Based on the reactions of our customers to this race car, we hope to offer a road-homologated V12 Zagato in a small, limited number as soon as possible."

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