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2012 Aston Martin Rapide S Spied – Nurburgring?

The Aston Martin Rapide has been spotted undergoing test at the Nurburgring in Germany.

The changes arent very obvious as this prototype is heavily camouflaged but we expect the styling cues to be left thankfully intact.

Changes from the current Rapide on this car include a new lower front bumper along with an addition of a third vent.

There are no plans to change the Rapide’s 6.0 liter V12 engine or 470 horse power output, though a sportier model could be on the cards due to the competition from Bmw Porsche and Mercedes AMG.

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Lamborghini LP-700 Aventador Official Spyshots and some better ones….

We fetched you some of the first shots of the LP700-4 lapping the nurburgring earlier in 2011 now the guys from Italy want to show an official spy shot, whats is spy to do with official who knows but I prefer my unofficial shots.

Of its new V12 flagship just weeks ahead of the car’s debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Lamborghini still has not confirmed the name of the car, which replaces the Murcielago, but a leaked ordering guide earlier identified it as the Aventador LP700-4.

Lamborghini have confirmed the V12 flagship model will make its world debut during the Geneva motor show on March 1,” describing the car as “the Murcielago replacement in ‘Tornado’ camouflage.”

According to the official order guide for the car, the Aventador will be bigger, quicker and more powerful than its predecessor.

The new LP700-4 is to be powered by a new 6.5-liter V12 driving all four wheels through a new seven-speed automated manual gearbox. The engine will deliver 690 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque.

The car will thrust from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 219 mph.

Lamborghini’s “Aventadore” v12 Engine revealed

After the numerous sighting we made of the Jota or the rumoured “Aventadore” Murcielago replacement, lamborghini have revealed the powerunit which is being developed along with Bosch and Lamborghini’s technology partners.

The V12 will be capable of a world beating 700hp of naturally aspirated power and the usual 4 wheel drive transmission from the Audi quattro system from Germany,along with Lamborghini ISR gearbox with an impressive 40% improvement in speed of the gear changes over the current Gallardo servo actuated gearbox.

The v12 powerunit depending on application will be capable of an impressive 3hp per kilogram, due to the various weight reduction techniques applied using advanced lighter materials, for example nitride-hardened crankshafts ensures the weight is an impressive 24.6kg and ensures the engine high revving characteristic and minimise bearing wear.

Along with a carbon fiber induction system reflects in the total engine weight of 235kg.

And for the environmental concerns the 60 bar fuel pump will be electronically controlled to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and consumption on this application.

Thanks go to the guys at Jalopnik for the rumoured name for the Jota prototype we spotted undergoing test at the Nurburgring in Germany Earlier in the year.

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2011 Aston Martin’s DBS Spyshots Nuerburgring

After a day of Snow Hailstone and glorious sunshine, Aston Martin fetched out the 2011 prototype of the DBS facelift.

Aston Martin has decided that the facelifted DBS will come with a new front skirt with more aggressive front splitters. Rumour has it that the front headlights will be the usual HID led array taken from the Rapide model.

The vehicle’s 5.9 liter V12 heart that pumps blood into the driver’s body by offering 517 hp is expected to be tuned with slightly more emission reduction, This is the same engine which is used in the Aston Martin One-77 but with 1.4 litre less CC

Aston Martin is expected to unveil the facelifted DBS at 2011 Geneva Auto Show, with the car hitting the dealer networks immediately after.

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Production Version of the Aston Martin One-77 lapping the Nordschleife

This week we spied 2 examples a prototype and the final product of the Aston Martin’s one-77 showing some slight changes to the rear light clusters showing more detailing than the ones shown at Geneva.

What we saw here this week for the first time at the Nurburgring is the completely naked exterior of the most expensive and highest performing production Aston Martin ever and no longer in prototype form. Starting with the typical 6.0L V12 block, the displacement has been increased to 7.3L and the output is a staggering 750 hp. The 0-60 mph time is around three-second’s and the car’s top speed while in prototype form was 220mph.

Im hoping to find out the Nuerburgring laptimes soon but im guessing sub 7:30 by the very rough timings I took at the trackside.

Its good to see both Mclaren and Aston Martin competing again in the hypercar market and putting the British car industry back on the map.

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Lamborghini Jota Prototype Spied at the Nürburgring

The Lamborghini Jota prototype was spotted on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife Today.

The Carbon and Aluminium spaceframe underpins this Italian thouroughbred resulting in a lighter more agile chassis and lower ride height than the current Murcielago.

The power unit is to be a direct injection V-12 approximately outputting 695 horsepower and delivered to the four wheel drive haldex system from Audi.

The car’s detailing including the rear light clusters are similar to the Reventon/Estoque as for the rest of the detailing well have to wait until the Paris motorshow.
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Victory for Aston Martin in Dubai 24h Race

Aston Martin 24h
UAE based AUH Motorsports stormed to a class victory and 16th overall in the Dubai 24 Hours with its Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Emirati driver Humaid Al Masaood teamed with Eric Charles, Alex Kapadia and Michael Prophet to take victory.

The tightly contested SP3 class for GT4 cars saw Aston Martins filling three of the top four positions. British team Nicholas Mee Racing finished third to claim a place on the podium and DXB Racing completed the gruelling endurance contest just one lap behind in fourth.

A large crowd attended the Dubai Autodrome to witness the start of the fifth Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, which got underway at 1400 (local time) on 15 January.

In total 74 cars started the race, which was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

There were a number of early minor incidents, one of which involved the winners of last year’s SP3 class, Dubai based DXB Racing’s Aston Martin Vantage GT4. The incident cost the team several places but they fought back to finish fourth in class and 19th overall.

The class victory is a further testament to the performance, durability and reliability of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, which has become a regular class winner in endurance races around the globe since its inception.