Aston Martin has previously raced the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage at the event and like its smaller brothers the Rapide will race in near-standard specification apart from mandatory changes.
It's also a good sign when the head of the company (Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez) takes lead of the Rapide driver team.
“This race represents the ultimate final engineering durability test for any sports car – it subjects the car to the toughest possible assessment under public scrutiny. The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars. We already have a proven track record at the Nürburgring racing our road cars with limited modification and in recent years we have enjoyed success in winning the SP8 class both in 2008 and 2009.”
The only real changes will be the removal of interior trim to reduce weight, modifications to the suspension and running on slick tyres designed for track use.
The Aston Martin Rapide will be alongside a V12 Vantage. The 38th ADAC Nürburgring 24 hour race will take place on 15/16 May 2010.