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Aston Martin DBR9 2005

Car Name: Aston Martin DBR9 
Brand Name: Aston Martin

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Aston Martin DBR9 was shown to a selected audience for the first time on 4th November 2004 at Aston Martin's headquarters at Gaydon in the UK. An intensive testing programme followed prior to the Aston Martin DBR9's debut race at the 12 hours of Sebring, Florida, in March 2005.

Aston Martin Racing run two cars at Sebring and then moved to Europe to prepare for the Le Mans 24 hours in June 2005. This marked Aston Martin's return to the race which was won outright in 1959 with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. In recognition of this, the Aston Martin DBR9 will follow the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and Works DB3S and carry the same green and yellow livery as the cars which dominated sports car racing in the late 1950s.

Aston Martin Racing will build 12 Works cars, which will be run by three Works teams in the major international GT series. A limited run of only 20 racing cars, prepared to the same specification, will also be built and made available to selected customers to race or keep in private collections.

The Aston Martin DBR9 GT racing car is based on the latest Aston Martin production sports car - the Aston Martin DB9 - but is significantly modified for competition use. The DB9's bonded-aluminium body architecture is shared with the Aston Martin DBR9 and provides both with a lightweight rigid chassis. The race engine uses the same aluminium cylinder block and head as the DB9's 450bhp 6-litre V12 unit, but with racing modification it is expected to produce in the region of 600bhp.

The Aston Martin DBR9 was styled by Aston Martin Racing's own design team who made extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to optimise the aerodynamics before producing the final body surface. The panels are hand made from carbon-fibre composite, helping the car to meet its 1,100kg minimum weight and giving it a power to weight ratio of 550bhp per tonne - more than double that of the road car.

  • Configuration: Front engine, rear wheel drive
  • Chassis & Body
    • DB9 aluminium underframe
    • Aluminium roof
    • All other body panels in carbon fibre composite
    • High strength steel roll-cage
  • Engine
    • Aston Martin Racing V12 based on DB9 V12
    • Dry sump, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder, 2 x 31.2mm air restrictors.
    • Capacity: 6 litres
    • Power: approximately 600bhp
    • Torque: > 700 Nm
    • ECU/Data system: Pi Data system
    • Pectel engine ECU
  • Transmission: Xtrac - 6 speed sequential gearbox longitudinally mounted at the rear axle
  • Clutch: Four plate carbon clutch
  • Suspension: Double wishbone suspension front and rear with adjustable Koni dampers
  • Brakes: Front and rear - Brembo six pot calipers with 330mm diameter carbon discs
  • Wheels: OZ forged aluminium
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 4687mm +80mm
    • Width: 1978mm
    • Wheelbase: 2741mm
    • Weight: 1100kg

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