Aston Martin will returned to international motor sport during 2005 with the DBR9. The car was shown to a selected audience for the first time on 4th November 2004 at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon in the UK. An intensive testing programme now followed prior to the DBR9’s debut race scheduled for the 12 hours of Sebring, Florida, in March 2005.
Aston Martin Racing will run two cars at Sebring and then move to Europe to prepare for the Le Mans 24 hours in June 2005. This will mark Aston Martin’s return to the race which was won outright in 1959 with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. In recognition of this, the DBR9 will follow the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and Works DB3S and carry the same green and yellow livery as the cars which dominated sports car racing in the late 1950s.
A new division called Aston Martin Racing has been created in a partnership with Prodrive, one of the world’s leading motor sport and automotive technology specialists. Prodrive will be responsible for Aston Martin Racing’s global operations and will play a pivotal role in the plans to see a competitive Aston Martin program return to the world sports car series.
Aston Martin Racing will build 12 Works cars, which will be run by three Works teams in the major international GT series. A limited run of only 20 racing cars, prepared to the same specification, will also be built and made available to selected customers to race or keep in private collections.
The DBR9 GT racing car is based on the latest Aston Martin production sports car – the DB9 – but is significantly modified for competition use. The DB9’s bonded-aluminium body architecture is shared with the DBR9 and provides both with a lightweight rigid chassis. The race engine uses the same aluminium cylinder block and head as the DB9’s 450bhp 6-litre V12 unit, but with racing modification it is expected to produce in the region of 600bhp.
The DB9’s double wishbone suspension configuration is retained on the DBR9, but features uprated components and a revised geometry for racing purposes. Formula One style carbon brakes are fitted front and rear and a competition, six-speed sequential gearbox is mounted at the rear axle.
The DBR9 was styled by Aston Martin Racing’s own design team who made extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to optimise the aerodynamics before producing the final body surface. The panels are hand made from carbon-fibre composite, helping the car to meet its 1,100kg minimum weight and giving it a power to weight ratio of 550bhp per tonne – more than double that of the road car.
Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, edited by Supercars.net
2005 Aston Martin DBR9/05 – sold for $440,000 Driven by 3rd Place Driver’s Champions Terry Borcheller and Chapman Ducote. A 2008 Championship Car in IMSA GT1. Campaigned by the LMGT1 2nd Place Team. Driven to Four Podium Finishes in Six Races. A Modern Classic that Has Garnered Success and Praise. One of Just 16 DBR9s Produced. As Delivered by Bell Motorsport. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction
Chassis 105, the car offered here, was campaigned by Austria’s Jetalliance Racing team and was the sister car to the Jetalliance car that earned a sterling third in class podium finish at Le Mans in 2009. The team first tested chassis 105 in 2006, with its first FIA GT race start at Silverstone in May, where it retired due to a crash. In 2007, chassis 105 experienced 10 race starts, the best finish being at the Spa 1,000 km race, where it came home fifth. In 2008, however, the team really hit its stride, as former F1 driver and 1999 FIA GT Champion Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp earned pole position and won at Silverstone, Oschersleben and Brno, in addition to a third at Nogaro, France. Still competitive today and offered on the button, this is a thoroughbred racing Aston Martin with an enviable history of recent successes, driven by some of today’s greatest sports racing drivers.