•Group C Works Car - World Sportscar Championship
•Chassis - AMR1/05 - The last, the lightest and most powerful of just 4 Works built cars
•Engine - Aston Martin V8, 6.3 litre, 32 Valve, 740 BHP
•Weight - 904 kgs
•Best result - 7th outright, Donington 1989
•Last result - 2nd outright, Le Mans Legends 2014
•Ready to race
Perhaps the most exhilarating period of World Sportscar racing, the Group C era attracted entries by manufacturer teams including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, Nissan and Aston Martin as well as privateer teams competing in world championship events, under the governing body of the FIA. Racing on circuits around the globe including Suzuka, Dijon, Jarama, Brands Hatch, Nurburgring, Donington, Spa Francorchamps and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, Group C racing to this day, stands out as one of the most sensational and spectacular eras in the history of motorsport.
Although not part of the 1989 FIA world championship, the Le Mans 24 hours remained the main attraction to manufacturer works teams including Aston Martin, who finished a creditable 11th overall after 24 hours in only the second race for the AMR1. Attracting an ever increasing following, the World Sportscar championship had by the end of 1990 reached almost Grand Prix proportions, before engine rule changes for the 1991 season resulted in a diluted manufacturer participation, which still extends to this day.
Throughout the Group C period, Aston Martin had long held an ambition to win at Le Mans. After the valiant attempts with the Nimrod earlier in the decade, for 1989 a new team had been formed and a new carbon composite car designed and engineered - the AMR1. The new car, designated AMR1 (Aston Martin Racing) was designed around a ‘new technology’ Carbon Fibre tub incorporating a full aero package, with ground effects but more importantly, to showcase and house the new 32 Valve ‘stock block’ Aston Martin V8 engine
During the 1989 season, four AMR1 cars were built, prepared and raced by the factory team under the guidance of team principal Richard Williams. Chassis #05 was the fourth and last car built, being raced in the latter half of the season. Lighter than its predecessors at 904 kgs, chassis #05 was fitted and raced with a newly developed 6.3 litre version of the V8 engine, producing some 740bhp.
Driven by Works drivers including Grand Prix driver, IMSA championship winner and Le Mans racer Brian Redman, Le Mans class winning David Leslie, David Sears (son of Jack Sears) and Le Mans winner Stanley Dickens. AMR1/05 competed and finished in three world championship events, in 1989:
•Donington 480 KMs - Redman/Sears - 7th overall
•Spa Francorchamps 480 KMs - Redman/Dickens – 7th overall
•Mexico 480 KMs - Leslie/Redman – 8th overall
Sold in 1990 after the factory team was disbanded, chassis #05 has been professionally maintained and regularly campaigned at an international level in historic Group C and IMSA racing in the UK, Europe and USA. More recently in 2014, AMR1/05 finished 2nd to a 1990 works Mercedes-Benz C11, in the Le Mans Legends race, held in front of over 200,000 spectators on the full 8.9 mile Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans. Few can forget the sensational sound of AMR1/05, covering ground at almost 200mph, on Le Mans legendary Mulsanne Straight.
A truly historic race car, AMR1/05 has been regularly campaigned and kept in race worthy condition from day one. The car is offered with a running spares package including wheels, jacking tools, data loaded laptop, fuel churns, wheel braces and spare brakes.
With renewed interest in historic Group C racing, this car would be an ideal entrant to the Classic Le Mans race in 2016 and historic Group C racing championship. A calendar of races for Group C cars in 2016, is now available on www.groupcracing.com
Offered in its original ‘Mobil 1’ livery and in race ready condition, AMR1/05 represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a genuine ex-works collectors car, from one of the great and golden eras of motorsport. In superb condition the car is on display in our London showrooms. A short film showcasing AMR1/05 is available to view by clicking the following link - http://www.grid1.tv/motorsport/article/le-mans-cla...