Aston Martin took to the legendary Nurburgring circuit in Germany on countless occasions during the development of most of its current lineup and now the British marque will return to the ‘Green Hell’ this weekend in order to race some of its cars.

Aston Martin will once again be competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race, this time with its scorching--and U.S.-bound--V12 Vantage. Additionally, in an effort to promote the sporting credentials of its latest model, a Rapide sedan will compete in near-standard specification apart from mandatory changes required for the event. These include essential race safety modifications, interior trim removed to reduce weight, re-tuned suspension and slick tires designed for track use.

The cars will driven by a team of engineers from the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England and will include the automaker’s CEO, Ulrich Bez.

Also running alongside the pair of Aston Martins will be Lexus’ new LFA supercar, which will be taking to the Nurburgring this weekend as well.

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