Racing fans know what they want. They want fast cars, a driver they can believe in, and a beast of a vehicle. Aston Martin has a rich history in the racing circuit. Aston Martin debuted in the racing scene in 1922 when two of their vehicles raced in the French Grand Prix, and to this day, Aston Martins can be seen zooming past the competitors on the race track. They are not afraid of the competition and have been built strong to win.
Aston Martin set the standard for road holding and handling beginning in 1929. This innovation helped racers Bertelli and Driscoll succeed in the Biennial Cup at Le Mans in 1932, which is the ultimate test of endurance. Fast forward to 1952 and the DB1 and DB2 competed well amongst their own class, but didn’t attain outright victory, so David Brown built the DB3S to fair against the competition. The DB3S went on to win three consecutive races at the Le Mans competition.
The DBR1 went on to win the World Sportscar Championship in which it was the highlight of the race back in 1959 and the DBR1S won six consecutive races in the World Championship and set five new lap records in the process!
Flash Forward, and Aston Martin enters the re-birth of the racing world in 2005. The DBR9 resurfaced at the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring in which it had a stunning victory. In 2006, Aston Martin entered the V8 Vantage to compete on the Nurburgring Nordschleife where it placed 24th overall and 4th in its class. It also made its Middle East debut in 2006 finishing 8th in the first ever race of the Bahrain 24 hours.
After 48 years, in 2007 the Aston Martin triumphed in the Le Mans race with the DBR9 winning 1st in its class and 5th overall! There were six DBR9’s entered in the 75th Le Mans 24 Hours race and it is no surprise that all six vehicles finished strong in the race. In 2008, the 009 DBR9 won first in its class and claimed another victory in the Le Mans racing circuit.
With a new pro-type, the DBR1-2 entered in the 2010 Le Mans race, Aston Martin again awed the crowd, placing 4th overall. The same year, the DBR1-2 went on to win the Le Mans Series Championship. 2012 brought with it the V8 Vantage GTE and V12 Vantage GT3 in which it placed 2nd at the inaugural 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Today, Aston Martin is still going strong in the racing circuit. The Vantage GTE has recently had a top five finish in the Nurburgring 24 hour race as well as a win at the Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship. Aston Martin will remain an icon of the racing world, and will give competitors a run for their money for years to come.