GT3 Asia – The Aston Martin DBRS9

The Aston Martin DBRS9 will be one of the car that participates in this year’s Asian Festival Of Speed (AFOS) GT3 Asia racing season. And last weekend Team Craf from Hong Kong brought the car to the Sepang International Circuit to get it running on  a few test sessions. The DBRS9, unveiled in 2005 by Aston Martin Racing , is a competition car for club and national racing series, and a bridge for teams and drivers looking towards international GT racing. It was build to be an alternative to the Aston Martin DBR9, both of which are based on the road version Aston Martin DB9.

The DBRS9 shares many design features from the full GT1 specification DBR9. It uses the road car’s aluminium bonded chassis with a DBR9-based roll cage. Aston Martin Racing’s engineers have tuned the standard 12 cylinder, six litre engine to produce approximately 550bhp (an increase of 20%) and reduced the overall weight by 480kg, to increase the power to weight ratio to nearly 430 bhp/tonne. Much of this is down to the extensive use of carbon composite materials for all the body panels (except the roof) and on the interior trim, as well as polycarbonate side and rear windows.

The DBRS9 has a six-speed H-pattern gearbox with new, shorter ratios for competition use, which can be upgraded to a full sequential racing box. The car’s ride has been lowered and the double wishbone suspension has been rose jointed and fitted with two-way adjustable Koni dampers and stiffened competition springs.

Hopefully this Aston Martin will be successful towards the end of the season in the hands of driver Frank Yu of Hong Kong.

Here’s are some more pictures from last week GT3 Asia and GT4 Asia Cup test session :

Photo / Editorial : Nazim Idris

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