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.
The Gazoo team lead the Lexus powered LFA to the SP8 victory in a closely contested battle with the Aston Martin team.
The sound of this cars V10 blipping its way thorugh the gear changes; were really spellbinding you could tell the LFA’s was on route.
Overall the LFA driven by Kinoshita Iida Wakisaka in car 50 finished in overall 19th in the 24h.
The two works Aston Martins finished second and third in the SP8 class, One of the Lexus LF-A of Gazoo Racing kept the two works Aston’s at bay. The V12 Vantage Car 6 had held the class lead until mid-morning when a combination of fuel pump and driveshaft problems left the car driver and motoring journalist Richard Meaden stranded on track.
The team only lost sixteen minutes in repair a true tribute to the team effort shown, returned the car to the race, drivers Chris Porrit, Meaden and Peter Cate able to pull back inside the top 40 – their teammate Oliver Mathai having been taken ill earlier in the race.
It finished just behind Car-7 – the Aston Martin Rapide, which enjoyed a trouble free run thoughout the 24h race.
The race, and the Nordschleife track, was as unforgiving as ever, with only 123 cars surviving to be classified finishers.
Two weeks ago we saw for the first time the two Aston Martin Rapide entry in to the 38th Zurich ADAC 24h race at the Nordschleife, both hidden under a matt black wrap.
We wanted to see the 2 cars in all their glory as the wrap revealed some of the hidden Blue Livery. (Previous Story)
It was quite a surprised to see that one of the cars on show was actually bright green, and not the usual “racing green”.
Unfortunately later on we saw this car broken down and flashing its rear hazards as the driver sat, and gazed at the many campers setting up camp.
Good Luck AMR!
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Today the Pistonspy spotted the Heavily modified Aston Martin Rapide Nurburgring 24 Hour car in its first test’s.
The ADAC 24h race is in May and we suspect that the car will lose its Stealth matt black livery and reveal its hidden Blue colour Scheme.
After Aston has spent many months honing their production cars on the Nurburgring we expect a good show by the British Marque.