The Aston Martin V12 Zagato At The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show will be attended by the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato. As part of the largest display of contemporary Aston Martins to date, two V12 Zagatos will be at the show having completed their engineering sign-off at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is hand assembled at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon England, and is based on the V12 Vantage, boasting a 'handcrafted' aluminium and carbon fibre body. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato produces 510bhp and 750Nm or torque.

Aston Martin has made the V12 Zagato available for purchase (£330,000) following a positive customer reaction, strictly limiting numbers to 150 cars going in to production in summer 2012.

The V12 Zagato was launched at the Villa D'Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy where is was presented with the Design Award for the concept and prototypes class. One week later, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato then made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. Following other appearances in the series, both prototypes of the V12 Zagato were entered into the 39th ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hour on 25th/26th June 2011, and successfully totalled a combined 230 laps and more than 3,700 miles of durability testing - both models taking the chequered flag, maintaining Aston Martin's 100% finish record in the race.

The first of the two Aston Martin V12 Zagatos on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show is finished in the green livery and is the full endurance race car concept specification as campaigned at the Nurburgring. Nicknamed 'Zig' by the factory team, the car features a full aerodynamic package, which includes a front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler which are designed to make the most of the Nurburgring's corners and straights.

'Zag', the second Aston Martin V12 Zagato, was originally on show at the Villa D'Este before it was converted into the same full racing specification as 'Zig'. Zag has now been returned to its original show specification, which has an exterior more in keeping with the road car available to order.

Joining the Aston Martin V12 Zagato at the Frankfurt Motor Show will be the Aston Martin One-77, Virage and Vantage S.

Published : 25/08/11 Author : Staff

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