At the 38th edition of ADAC Nurburgring 24-hour race, which will take place on 15/16 May 2010, Aston Martin will bring to the starting line its latest sports ride – the Aston Martin Rapide  four-door, high-performance sport saloon.

Dressed in sportier appeal and slightly modified – no interior trim for weight reduce, re-tuned suspension and track tyres – the Rapide will compete in the demanding 24 hour race – as has been the case with other recent Aston Martin road cars, the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage.

Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez who will lead the Rapide driver team, shared: "This race represents the ultimate final engineering durability test for any sports car – it subjects the car to the toughest possible assessment under public scrutiny.

"The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars. We already have a proven track record at the Nurburgring racing our road cars with limited modification and in recent years we have enjoyed success in winning the SP8 class both in 2008 and 2009."

The luxurious Rapide sports ride made its grand premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, from then on the mighty dream ride has won the widespread approval of buyers, experts as well as media commentators. The race fitted Rapide will be joined by a V12 Vantage – again modified only slightly for racing – which in 2009 swept to a class win on its competitive race debut.

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