Aston Martin will raise a few eyebrows with the announcement that it is racing its new four-door saloon, the Rapide, in the Nurburgring 24hour race this May.
That's right, despite having the choice of the DB9, DBS or the Vantage, Aston Martin is entering its biggest and most practical model into the gruelling endurance race next month. This is not the first time a car manufacturer has entered a left-field model into a high-profile race – in 1994 Volvo entered an 850 estate into the British Touring Car Championship.
Unlike the Volvo though, the four-door Rapide will apparently race with almost the same settings as the standard road car, with Aston only making the necessary changes dictated by the race organisers.
Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez said: "The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars."
As well as masterminding the Rapide's entry into the race, Bez will also be behind the wheel, as he will be leading the driver line-up for the race. The Rapide will be joined on the grid by a V12 Vantage, and the final driver line-ups for the two cars will be announced closer to the race, which takes place on 15 and 16 May.