An Enduring Relationship —

24 hours, 200 cars, over 700 drivers - the 24 Hours Nürburgring is a brutal test of GT endurance racing. Taking place on the legendary Nordschleife each circuit covers over 25km of challenging road-condition track and features the top names of European motorsport. A successor to the '1000km of Nürburgring' first run in 1953 - continuing in a revised format today - the 'N24' in its current guise debuted in 1970 and has quickly developed into one of the key events in the GT racing calendar. Aston Martin and the Nürburgring have an affinity spanning over half of the marque's 100 year history. Seen as a final sign-off for all new models, the Nürburgring is the perfect showcase for engineering excellence, design expertise and innovation. This weekend Aston Martin once again embark on what many regard as the ultimate racing test...

A Stunning Hat-trick —

The love affair between Aston Martin and the Nürburgring began in 1957 when the iconic DBR1/2 took victory in the '1000km of Nürburgring' with Roy Salvadori and Tony Brooks taking the chequered flag. 1958 saw the feat repeated as DR1/3 won at the hands of Sir Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham. One year later Aston Martin reached their racing pinnacle winning both the 24hrs of Le Mans and the 1000km of Nürburgring, the latter for the third year running.

2006 —

The marque's modern participation in the race began in 2006, as the V8 Vantage N24 took to the track - a year after the road going V8 Vantage had been launched. The car was crewed by a team including Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. Finishing an impressive fourth in class and 24th from an overall field of 220 the car performed impeccably and whet the appetite to expand the entry base in subsequent years.

2007 —

Aston Martin returned in force in 2007 with a four-car entry. Two factory backed Vantage N24s were joined by customer team Herreman Racing and Aston Martin's V12-powered DBRS9 run by Austria/Phoenix Racing. Despite being delayed by rain, all cars performed admirably with the three Vantage N24s finishing the race. The DBRS9 experienced oil pressure problems in the 19th hour causing its retirement.

2008 —

A similar four car contingent returned to the Nürburgring in 2008. The result was a a landmark class victory for 'Rose' the famous yellow V8 Vantage N24, driven over the finish line by Dr Bez as the car and team entered Aston Martin racing history.

2009 —

2009 saw six cars compete with the racing debut of the new V12 Vantage - driven by Dr Bez, Chris Porritt, Oliver Mathai and Richard Medean. Just weeks after the car's debut at the Geneva Auto Salon, V12 Vantage stormed to a stunning victory in the SP8 class. Alongside V12 Vantage, five Vantage N24 cars were crewed by customer and partner teams.

2010 —

The following year Aston Martin returned to the Nordschleife with an emphatic statement of engineering prowess as the all-new four-door Rapide took to the track. Underlining the sporting and endurance capability of Rapide the car took a podium finish after overcoming a number of late challenges. Joined by eight customer entries, including V12 Vantage, an SP10 class victory was taken by customer team Mathol Racing.,

2011 —

In 2011 the challenge reached new heights as Aston Martin entered two V12 Zagato concept cars - just two weeks after the car's unveiling at the Villa d'Este Concours D'Elegance. The hard work of a dedicated team saw the same road concept converted to a race specification alongside a green sister model as 'Zig and Zag' made their international debuts. Both cars successfully completed the race, a performance which ensured demand for V12 Zagato was high enough to warrant a limited production run of the model.

2012 —

Last year Aston Martin fielded their strongest ever line-up, with four official entries and four customer teams participating in the race. Two Vantage GT3's entered the SP9 class, the highest and most competitive field available and performed strongly - laying the groundwork for the 2013 challenge. The V12 Zagato driven by Dr Bez put in a show stopping run as it claimed second in class as part of a triple podium for Aston Martin.

2013 —

Aston Martin's centenary year sees both a desire to win and a desire to innovate. Three official Aston Martin entries include a striking, Bilstein liveried V12 Vantage GT3, a car many see as an overall race contender. Joined by a close-to-production V12 Vantage the race sees both road and track iterations of Aston Martin's most aggressive sports car enter the race. In addition is a world-first as Aston Martin will enter a hybrid-hydrogen version of the Rapide S - driven by CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, becoming the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international race event.