Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato: new images from Nurburgring image

Aston Martin is preparing to face the 24 Hours of Nurburgring 2011 with two copies of Zagato Vantage V12.

This weekend marks the next step of an ambitious project which began when the V12 Zagato was unveiled at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in May this year, winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes.

The show car was then transformed into the number 3 race car, nicknamed ‘Zag’ (red) and will be piloted in the 24 hour race by Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and automotive journalists Horst von Saurma and Matthew Marsh.

Also, a green Aston Martin V12 Zagato (nicknamed ‘Zig’) – car number 5 for the race – was prepared by the small team based at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Zig will be driven by One-77 Chief Engineer Chris Porritt.

Like the V12 Vantage, the new Zagato is powered by Aston’s 5.9-liter V12 engine, producing 380kW and 570Nm of torque.

The Zagato is lighter than the ‘regular’ V12 Vantage however, giving it a 0-100km/h time of “under” 4.0 seconds – compared to the Vantage’s 4.2-second sprint.