Polyphony Digital has revealed another new car on its way to GT Sport soon, and it’s a vehicle with quite some history.
Aston Martin’s DBR9, a GT1-class race car that first raced in 2005, will be making its debut at the World Tour in Sydney. The DBR9 is based on the DB9 road car, but significantly upgraded for the rigors of endurance racing. However its heart remained as that six-liter, Aston Martin V12, which made it one of the best-sounding cars on the GT1 grid.
The DBR9 was both successful and reliable. Across its racing career of more than 300 race entries, the DBR9 finished more than 80%. When it won its class at Le Mans for the first time — with the #009 car pictured above — all six DBR9s finished the race, and they also secured three of the top four places in LMGT1.
Two of the winning car’s drivers from 2007, David Brabham and Darren Turner, returned to win the class again with the #009 car in 2008. Strangely, a DBR9 run by Team Nova also competed in the GT500 class of Super GT in 2009.
We don’t yet know when the DBR9 will be coming to GT Sport, but there’s already a fair few cars lining up for updates in 2020. That includes a new GT3-class Mazda based on the RX-Vision, the Lamborghini Vision GT, and two further Porsche models.
The reveal came during one of the GT World Tour Hangout videos. In the clip, three of the commentary team — Tom Brooks and Jimmy Broadbent, who also host the event, and German language commentator and GT Academy winner Florian Strauss — discuss a number of details ahead of the Nations Cup final later today. That includes who might stand on the top step, the new World Tour points format and, of course, the Aston.
You can watch the video in full below: