Just a week after the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was unveiled, the endurance race car concept has completed its first running under race conditions in the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the Nürburgring. The V12 Zagato was joined in the race by four other Astons, including the factory supported V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage (nicknamed Smurf and Kermit).

The four-hour race alongside 150 other competitors served as preparation ahead of a two-car entry at the Nürburgring 24-hour race in late June. The new car experienced some inevitable teething issues, but most importantly the team accrued valuable data.

“For V12 Zagato today was all about working on our race setup and developing the car ahead of the 24-hour race. Clearly, the car is still in the very early stages of development having only been unveiled a week ago and it was important for us to take as much learning and data as possible from today and give our drivers chance to familiarise themselves with the car,” said Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, David King.

“In terms of our other runners, the V12 Vantage was very unfortunate to be caught up in an incident on the first lap but managed to limp to the pits where the team heroically made the necessary repairs to get it running and back in the race,” King added.

A modern interpretation of famous Aston Martin and Zagato collaborations such as the DB4GT Zagato, the V12 Zagato won the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes at the event where it made its debut – the Villa D’Este Concours on the shores of Lake Como.