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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: “This 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 doesn’t mean any compromise in performance. I hope we can get this message across to motorists everywhere.”

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 DB9’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.