Earlier this month Aston Martin announced that would take the new Rapide to the track to prove its mettle in this year´s Nurburgring 24 Hours, releasing a single image of the car in racing livery. But our spy photographers have snabbed the caged racing Rapide in action as it runs the Ring in preparation for the race.
The car will actually first contest a four-hour race this weekend ahead of the big 24-hour run around the Green Hell in May, and as these photos show, it looks ready for the challenge. Aside from the lower ride height, evidently stiffer suspension, and what look to be slightly smaller wheels, the car is also sporting a roll cage, visible through the car's windows. Otherwise, the exterior of the car looks almost completely stock. Announced changes also include the removal of some interior trim, a fire-suppression system and slick racing tires.