Aston Martin has announced plans to compete in this weekend's Nürburgring 24 Hour race with a V12 Vantage GT3.

Aston Martin has announced plans to compete in this weekend's Nürburgring 24 Hour race with a V12 Vantage GT3.

Dressed in Bilstein livery, the car will be driven by Aston Martin Racing’s works drivers Darren Turner (GB), Stefan Mücke (D), Allan Simonsen (DN) and Pedro Lamy (PT).

The car will be powered by a modified version of the company's 6.0-liter V12 engine. It can produce more than 600 bhp (447 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, but race regulations limit it to approximately 550 bhp (410 kW).

According to David King, Director of Special Projects and Motorsport at Aston Martin, “This remarkable race, with more than 200 starters, has grown enormously in status since we first entered a nearly standard V8 Vantage back in 2006. It is fitting that our most ambitious and competitive entry yet coincides with our centenary year, but we face a tough challenge from more than 30 world-class GT3 entries, with the German sports car manufacturers in particular represented in force."

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to compete in the Nürburgring 24 Hours