DBR9 – Aston Martin Racing
DBR9 – Aston Martin Racing

DBR9 – Aston Martin Racing

(2004 - 2008)

The full works AMR DBR9's are effectively totally run by Prodrive in Banbury. The first chassis, DBR9/1 was first seen together with it's yellow nose band and evocative '59' race number in late 2004.

The very first outing for a DBR9 in the Sebring 12 hours in 2005 was outstanding with DBR9/01 coming 4th over all and 1st in GT1 at the hands of David Brabham, Stephane Ortelli and Darren Turner. Sister car, DBR9/2 was 15th overall and 8th in class.

DBR9 – Aston Martin Racing

For the first, and I believe still only outing on UK soil, the cars achieved a remarkable 1st and 2nd finish in the RAC Tourist Trophy Race at Silverstone in May 2005 (DBR9/02 1st, 01 2nd). The 2005 season continued with races at Le Mans, Spa, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.

For 2006, AMR concentrated their efforts in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Le Mans since full works teams were not permitted in the FIA GT races. Best results for the team were 4th overall in both Sebring and Houston and 1st/2nd in class (8th and 9th overall) in the Petit Le Mans. Overall in the 2006 championship, Stephanie Sarrazin was 3rd Thomas Enge was 4th in the GT1 class. We also saw the works team running a new chassis, DBR9/3 at Le Mans with race number 007.

For 2007, AMR concentrated their efforts on the 24 hours of Le Mans in the middle weekend in June winning the GT1 class

For 2008 again the only scheduled works entry is for the 24 hours of Le Mans where the cars will be raced in the famous Gulf racing colours

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Race developed DB9 VH aluminium underframe
    • Aluminium roof. All other body panels in carbon fibre composite.
    • High strength steel roll-cage.
    • Mid-front mounted engine.
    • Mid-rear mounted transmission.
    • Rear wheel drive.
  • Engine:
    • Aston Martin Racing V12 based on Aston Martin DB9 V12.
    • Dry sump, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder, 2 x 31.2mm air restrictors.
    • Capacity: 6 litres
    • Power: approx. 600 bhp @ 6500 rpm.
    • Torque: 516 lb/ft @ 5250 rpm.
    • ECU/Data system: Pi Data system
    • Pectel engine ECU
  • Transmission:
    • Xtrac – 6 speed sequential gearbox longitudinally mounted at the rear axle
    • Clutch: Four plate carbon clutch
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • OZ forged aluminium or Magnesium, or BBS
    • Front 12.5 inch wide x 18 inch diameter
    • Rear 13 inch wide x 18 inch diameter
  • Suspension:
    • Double wishbone suspension front and rear with adjustable Koni dampers fitted with Eibach springs.
  • Brakes:
    • Front and rear: Brembo six pot calipers with 330mm diameter carbon discs
  • Dimensions:
    • Length – 4687mm
    • Width – 1978mm
    • Height – 1195mm
    • Wheelbase – 2741mm
    • Weight – 1100kg to 1175kg, 1250kg for 2010 regulations
    • Fuel tank, 90 litres