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Two Aston Martin V12 Zagatos to Run Nurburgring 24 Hours

posted by on 22 June 2011 in Motorsport News

Two Aston Martin V12 Zagato Prototypes will run the Nürburgring 24 Hours race this year and they have one clear advantage. No one will want to pass them because they’ll just want to stare. The Zagato looked great when it debuted at Villa D’Este in May and we must say, it looks even better as a race car. The two cars have been nicknamed “Zig” and “Zag.”



Zag, the red car you see here, will wear the number three and be piloted 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.



Meanwhile, Zig will wear number 5 and have a driver team consisting of One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, experienced sports car driver Oliver Mathai, automotive journalist Richard Meaden and experienced amateur racer Peter Cate.



In addition to the Zagatos, the company’s factory race car, the V8 Vantage GT4, will have a presence as well. It gets a nickname, too: “Smurf.” That’s because the car is blue, except that for the race, it’ll be painted orange. Okay. Drivers include Aston Martin Racing works driver Darren Turner, journalist and experienced 24 hour driver, Shinichi Katsura, Australian racer Rob Thomson and seasoned Nürburgring pilot Jurgen Stumpf.



It should be an interesting race for Aston, who’ll paste “Heart for Japan” logos on the roofs of the Zagatos. Additionally, Dr. Bez will personally hand Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda a check before the race to take back to Japan for disaster relief. We wish the best for the people of Japan as well, and we also hope we don’t see any smashed up Zagatos at the end of the day this Sunday.

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