Aston Martin DBRS9 - Once Popular Among Smaller Teams
The Aston Martin DBRS9 is a racing car constructed by Aston Martin Racing and was used in various GT championships from 2006 to 2011 when it was replaced with Aston Martin Vantage V12.
Cheaper version of Aston Martin DBR9
This car was a cheaper version of Aston Martin DBR9. The DB9 model was used as a base but was modified and developed to meet racing standards and the FIA regulations.The Aston Martin DBRS9 was equipped with tuned V12 engine, carbon fiber body panels (except on the roof), polycarbonate windows, and proper roll cage while the interior was trimmed what reduced the overall weight by almost 500 kg.
The Aston Martin DBRS9 also had uprated suspension with a lowered ride height and stiffened racing springs. The 6-speed H-pattern gearbox is fully manual or an upgraded sequential manual. Both the seat and steering wheel are easily adjustable, and there is the option of a passenger seat, for demonstration drives.
Suitable for smaller teams and enthusiasts
With the start price of 175.000 pounds, this car was more affordable to the smaller teams and racing enthusiasts than the DBR9. The Aston Martin DBRS9 was used in many championships all over Europe but never was very successful. However, some good results were scored in the series like British GT, ADAC GT Masters, FIA GT Championship, etc.
Aston Martin DBRS9 had some solid results
The Aston Martin DBRS9 had its racing debut in the 2006 FIA GT3 European Championship. Barwell Motorsport and BMS Scuderia Italia were the most notable teams which were running this car over the season. The Italian team scored a victory in the race at Oschersleben and later in the season also won the races at Hungaroring and Dubai in the GT3 class of the FIA GT Championship. Barwell Motorsport was 3rd in the British GT that year.
The following year also was good for BMS Scuderia Italia after the team finished as a runner-up in the FIA GT3 Championship. Hexis Racing Team from France and its sister-team Racing for Belgium also were running the DBRS9s that year. The French team also used Aston Martin DBRS9 in the 2008 ADAC GT Masters and finished 3rd in the standings.
Over the years, this car never was able to win the race at some legendary circuits like Spa, for example, but was successful at some smaller but still demanding tracks like Automotodrom Brno, Circuit Paul Ricard, Adria Raceway and Nogaro Circuit.
What do the numbers say?
During its career, the Aston Martin DBRS9 amassed a total of 527 entries but the finishing ratio of 59% is not impressive. However, this car achieved a total of 13 race wins in various championships and additional 32 class wins. It also scored 13 second place finishes and 21 third place finishes.
Video – Aston Martin DBRS9 on the track
Aston Martin DBRS9 technical specifications
|Chassis||Bonded aluminum chassis with carbon fiber panels|
|Suspension (front & rear)||Double wishbone with adjustable Koni dampers|
|Engine||Aston Martin 5935 cc, V12 60°, naturally aspirated, front longitudinal|
|Power||550 bhp / 410.1 kW at 6.000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed sequential manual/manual|
|Steering||Rack & Pinion with Power Assist|