At last year's Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin launched its AMR line of limited-edition, high-performance models. The first two models presented were a Vantage AMR Pro designed only for the track, and a Rapide AMR that's was a slightly hopped up version of the Aston sedan. Though they were fully revealed back then, it seems Aston Martin has still been doing a bit of testing, since one of our spy photographers caught the Rapide AMR at the Nurburgring.
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Up and coming young racing drivers, eager to break into endurance motorsports, will want to apply to the Evolution Academy just launched by Aston Martin Racing.
Aston Martin may be more about luxury GTs than performance-obsessed supercars, but when it comes to racing, it's no holds barred. Aston Martin Racing has developed competition-spec versions of the Vantage and DB9, and even done a few LMP1 prototypes. But while some have been powered by V8s and others by V12s, the one underlying commonality is that they have all – in contrast with championship-winning diesel and hybrid prototypes – been powered exclusively by internal-combustion engin
Few outfits have benefited from the kind of success that Aston Martin Racing has enjoyed. The team has emerged as an absolutely dominant force in the numerous GT classes of endurance racing around the world. But Aston's success arguably went to its head a little, prompting AMR to abandon its GT racing program to privateers as the team itself attempted to step up to the top-tier LMP1 class with the AMR-One.
Aston Martin earns first ALMS overall victory, BMW and Dyson lock up team championships at Laguna Seca
Aston Martin Racing hasn't had much success with their factory LMP1 program, finishing outside the top ten in their European Le Mans Series races this year and completing only a couple laps in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This past weekend, Aston Martin did manage to create a bright spot in its racing season with an overall victory at the six-hour ALMS race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend. The 007 car drove to a commanding three-lap victory ahead of the Dyson Racing Mazda-powered Lola
Lola-Aston Martin LMP1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
Aston Martin LMP1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
Lola-Aston Martin LMP1 - click above for high-res image gallery
European Le Mans Series, Catalunya 2009 – Click above for image gallery
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