Aston Martin Zagato: driven at the ‘Ring
Where better to test a bespoke prototype than the Nürburgring 24 Hour race?
Posted: 28 May 2012
Crashing anything is probably the most unfortunate by-product of this job. Crashing one of only two brand-new Aston Zagatos at the Nürburgring in the pissing rain four days before its big race debut would add acute embarrassment to the misfortune. Crashing the car that Aston boss Dr Bez is due to compete in would necessitate swift relocation to South America.
It's an unusually ballsy way to roll out a new car, although as Aston's commitment to the 'Ring stretches back five years, this race is an established part of its development process. In fact, the car has already raced here in the preparatory four-hour VLN race, and a red Vantage Zagato has also notched up a winning outing at the upscale concours show Villa d'Este on Lake Como, where it won the coveted ‘design' award.