Aston Martin V12 Vantage vs DBR1-2

Published: 23 December 2010

Not it’s not news, but it is a lovely video of Aston Martin’s storming V12 Vantage and the company’s about-to-be-retired DBR1-2 Le Mans racer. Both cars feature Aston’s V12 engine, and in the V12 Vantage the big 6.0-litre lump produces 510bhp and 420lb ft; Aston won’t release exact figures for the race car, but even with race-spec restrictors it’ll still have around 600bhp.

The DBR1-2 is about to retire though, as new-for-2011 ACO Le Mans regulations demand much smaller engines. Early in 2011 we’ll see the new open-top Aston racer, with a unique engine, and with the rules reset Aston will have a good a chance as ever to beat Audi and Peugeot. The new car will still have a petrol engine, but it won’t be a V12, so enjoy the wonderful sound from the DBR1-2 while you can. And enjoy the Christmas break!   

By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy