The engineers at Aston Martin were seen testing the limited edition V-12 Vantage prototype on the Nurburgring track. It is scheduled to debut later this year as a 2009 model.
Powering the track oriented model will be a 6.0-liter V-12 making 600 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. According to Aston Martin, the lightweight Vantage can run to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds and on to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Much of the technology used in building the engine, like the unit’s dry-sump lubrication system, was derived from the automaker’s DBRS9 racecars.
In concept form, the Vantage RS was stripped of its sound system and was clad in carbon fiber with Alcantara trimmings. Carbon race seats combined with racing harnesses keep driver and passenger in position during high speed maneuvers. The car wears a highly ventilated carbon fiber hood and front bumper that aid in the cooling of the car’s carbon ceramic brakes and massive engine. A carbon fiber trunk lid and rear diffuser help out in the aerodynamic department as well.