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Bio-fuelled Aston Martin makes British motorsport history
An Aston Martin DBRS9 has made motorsport history by becoming the first bio-fuelled car to win a major motorsport event in Britain.
The bio-ethanol powered Aston Martin DBRS9 driven by Lord Drayson and Jonny Cocker, and run by Barwell Motorsport won the latest round of the British GT championship at Snetterton on Sunday 3 June.
The Aston Martin racing car was developed by the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing team in Banbury, specifically for Lord Drayson to run in the British GT championship.
Lord Drayson said: â€œThis is not a one off, the car has been competitive all season, taking two pole positions and it now leads the championship. It goes to prove that running a car on bio-fuel doesnâ€™t mean any compromise in performance. I hope we can get this message across to motorists everywhere.â€
The Aston Martin DBRS9 is based on the Aston Martin DB9 road car but with several modifications to make it suitable for racing. While it retains the DB9â€™s six litre V12 engine, the fuelling system has been modified and the ECU recalibrated for the bio-ethanol fuel. The drive train and general suspension configuration has also been retained from the road car, but the DBRS9 has racing springs and dampers, as well as a sequential racing gearbox and composite bodywork to help reduce the weight.
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