On 25th June 2011, the Aston Martin Rapide will take part in a 24 hour endurance run at Spring Mountain Motor Sports Ranch, Nevada.
Drivers from Aston Martin and Road & Track magazine will drive the Aston Martin Rapide at the same time as Aston Martin's participation in the Nurburgring 24 hour race in Europe.
The Aston Martin Rapide, designed at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, England, boasts a 6 litre V12 engine providing 470hp with a Touchtronic automatic gearbox, providing the driver with both automatic and manual gear changes as desired. The Aston Martin Rapide features four "swan wing" doors for front and rear access and a 317 litre luggage compartment, allowing for practicality alongside sports car performance.
Julian Jenkins, Aston Martin the Americas, said: "Since its launch, the Rapide has been popular with customers looking for an exclusive sports car with a combination of exhilarating performance, handcrafted style, and added four-door practicality. As well as raising money for Heart for Japan, this 24-hour initiative will give us an opportunity to showcase the endurance capabilities of the Rapide which in turn demonstrates its everyday usability and durability."
Matt Delorenzo, editor-in-chief of Road & Track magazine, added "We're truly excited to participate in this challenge. Since the Rapide made its racing debut at last year's 24-hour race at the Nurburgring, we wondered how a street version would compare if driven continuously for a day over a closed circuit. Seeing how close we can get to the race distance covered last year will be an excellent measure of the car's real-world performance."
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