Biofuel Aston makes motorsport history

An Aston Martin DBRS9 has made history by becoming the first biofuelled car to win a British motorsport event.

The car, which is powered by bioethanol, won the latest round of the British GT championship at Snetterton on June 3rd.

Prodrive, Aston Martin’s racing team in Banbury, developed the car specifically for use in the GT championship.

However Lord Paul Drayson, who drove the car at Snetterton, stressed that the victory was relevant for the automotive industry as a whole.

"This is not a one off, the car has been competitive all season, taking two pole positions and it now leads the championship," Lord Drayson said.

"It goes to prove that running a car on biofuel doesn’t mean any compromise in performance. I hope we can get this message across to motorists everywhere."

The Aston Martin DBRS9 retains the six-litre V12 engine used in the DB9 road version, but has a modified fuelling system, gearbox and bodywork to make it suitable for racing.

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