Selasa, 05 Juli 2011

Aston Martin DBR9

The Aston Martin DBR9 is a racing car built byAston Martin Racing, debuting in 2005. The name DBR9 is derived from the original 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning DBR1 car, named for then-owner David Brown, which not only won the 24 Hour race in 1959 but also the World Sportscar title.


Based on the Aston Martin DB9 road car, the DBR9 retains the chassis, and the engine block and cylinder heads of the road car's V12 engine. The rest of the car is re-engineered for high performance competition use. The DBR9's bodywork is a blend of optimum aerodynamic performance and the styling of the DB9 road car. All the body panels are constructed from carbon fibre

composite (except the roof) to minimize the weight of the car. To complete the aerodynamic body, the bottom of the car is flat all the way from the front to the rear diffuser. To optimise rear downforce a carbon fibre wing has been added. The car goes from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.


For the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, Prodrive made modifications to the DBR9 design in order to not only improve performance, but also to increase driver comfort in the cockpit. Due to new regulations put into place by Le Mans organizers, the DBR9 required the installation of an air conditioning unit in order to prevent overstressing drivers. Prodrive went further by putting a heat-resistant white roof on all new cars to assist in keeping cockpit temperatures down.

Performance modifications included the removal of two cooling vents from the bonnet of the car due to no longer being necessary.


The Aston Martin DBR9 is currently run by two customers team in the FIA GT1 World Championship. In the past, there was up to three factory teams and the car has been sold to customers for private use in various racing series, such as theAmerican Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, FFSA GT Championship, and Super GT.

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