Aston Martin Zagato: driven at the ‘Ring
Where better to test a bespoke prototype than the Nürburgring 24 Hour race?
Posted: 28 May 2012
The transmission is the six-speed paddleshift system used by the One-77, and makes its competition debut in this car. The single clutch has been recalibrated, and there's a magnesium rather than aluminium torque tube. The suspension has adjustable, spool-valve dampers, but uses rubber bushings rather than being rose-jointed.
"Rubber bushing provides a bit more compliance in the system," Porritt says. "It isolates the shocks and bumps you invariably get in a 24-hour race." In race trim, the Zagato looks a bit under-nourished on 18in rims, but that's what the Yokohama slicks require. Carbon brakes aren't allowed, so instead there are cast-iron discs, 330mm upfront with six-pot calipers.