With the development of the Aston Martin DBR9, the company from Gaydon in the UK aimed at the very top of motorsport competition. When the DBR9 was introduced in 2004 exactly 45 years have gone by since the last time Aston Martin has won the most important motorsport event in the world being the 24 hours of Le Mans with an Aston Martin DBR1 in 1959.
As the DBR9 is based on the all aluminium road going DB9, the car was developed for the GT1 class at Le Mans and was also extensively used in the FIA GT World Championship. For the development Aston Martin teamed up with Prodrive, who had previously produced the Le Mans winning Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello. Under these very promising circumstances the collaboration built a technically highly developed and beautiful Aston Martin GT-racer. The body of the DBR9 is similar to the DB9 with a lot of excess weight stripped and most of the suspension parts strengthened to match the higher requirements and ensure durability for the long distance races. Despite having 31.2 mm air restrictors the spectacular sounding V12 engine produces 600 bhp at 6500 rpm instead of 450 of the standard road-car. With an overall weight of 1100 kg in 2009 specification this results in a power-to-weight ratio of 545 bhp per ton. To achieve a constant and reliable deceleration at long distance races the DBR9 has Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and a rear mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox for optimized weight distribution. The bonded aluminium chassis is covered with hand made carbon-fibre-resin body panels, which both have been substantial factors in achieving the minimum body weight of 1100 kg and the improved torsional rigidity.
The DBR9 was an immensely successful GT1 race car at important international events from 2005 to 2011. The Aston Martin has not only won its debut race at the 12 hours of Sebring in 2005 but managed to win 16 international races overall and additionally achieve 19 class wins in various important, international events. In 2007 and 2008 the works team achieved the ultimate goal by winning the GT1 class at the 24 hours of Le Mans, which by many enthusiasts is regarded as the most important motorsport event in the world.