An Aston For A Wider Market
Before Thursday’s qualifying got underway, Aston
Martin Racing called a press conference to unveil its new baby DBR9.
be known as the DBRS9 (R – ‘Race’, S – ‘Sport’),
this car will be aimed at teams and individuals who want to race
in club and national events, or indeed track days. Prodrive’s
David Richards described the car as the ‘spiritual successor’
to the DBR9 and will very closely resemble its big brother. It takes
its cues from the DBR9 and will have carbon fibre body panels, while
the chassis and engine will be standard DB9.
are 1280kg, 550bhp and a power-to-weight ratio of about 430 bhp
per ton. The price is expected to be around £175,000, with
deliveries commencing at the end of this year, and it will be capacity-restricted
to about 50 cars per year (as opposed to a limited production run
for the DBR9 of 32).
Also in the
conference, David Richards confirmed that 12 firm orders had been
taken for customer DBR9s. Some were destined for the FIA-GT Championship;
while there would also be “representation in America and hopefully
the Le Mans Endurance Series” (see below).
not be drawn on AMR’s possible participation in this year’s
Petit Le Mans, stating merely that the team would re-evaluate its
programme after this race.
boss Dr Ulrich Bez asserted that the DBR9 project was a long term
one and that he was hoping for a World GT Championship in 2007,
with (completely) harmonised FIA and ACO regulations.
Bez himself selected the colour of the DBRS9 on show here at Le
Mans: it’s ‘Elusive Blue’, from the Aston Martin
range. There were other 'names' present from the world of GT racing,
Chief Engineer for Motorsport at Aston Martin, helped clarify where
the DBRS9 fits into current GT racing categories. Basically, it
doesn’t – at the moment.
imagine that it could be raced in GT2, for example, but we believe
we have a lot of potential customers racing older Aston Martins
– who could get together to race them. Anything’s possible
– but it hasn’t been designed for GT2. But anything’s
was reluctant to spill too many beans, but told our Janos Wimpffen
that he had some DBRS9 customers who wished to run in the V de V
suggested the SPEED Challenge GT series as another ‘home’
for the DBRS9.
it’s been designed to fill a hole that we think is there,”
So while we
have all the Aston Martin Racing figureheads at hand, what about
DBR9 numbers for 2006?
Racing Commercial Director James Turner had the answers.
expecting to have between three and six in the ALMS next year, in
FIA GTs there will be the two (plus a spare) BMS cars, plus at least
two others, and in the LMES at least two more – beyond that
I don’t know, but we are having conversations with more potential
Age DBR9 here is chassis number DBR9/101 – “the first
of 20 customer chassis,” comments James Turner.