Christmas 2012 arrived early this year at the Motorsport.com office in Miami when we received a special delivery straight from Germany, from TAG Books. The packaged contained a large format book for review: 'DBR9 - The Definitive History'. And to be honest, I don't even know where to begin and how to sound objective, as this masterpiece is close to perfection. As a matter of fact, my own opinion on this book is so high that this article might seem like an infomercial - but trust me, it is not and is a straight objective review.
On to the book, now. First, the DBR9 symbolizes the return of Aston Marin in motor racing. The name itself comes from late 50s DBR1, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans the World Sportscar Championship in 1959. So, the DBR9 already had some legacy and prestige when it was introduced. Also, it was based on the already acclaimed Aston Martin DB9 road car.
This book goes into major details on how the DBR9 program came about, how the car was developed and which teams and drivers raced it. The story is told into countless stories and anecdotes, as well as factual elements.
The book is structured into three distinct segments:
- 1. The development process of the race car and its technology in detail
- 2. Review and insight into the Aston Martin Racing campaign. Exclusive interviews with the factory supported and customer car teams.
- 3. Comprehensive statistics assigned to the individual chassis numbers, drivers and teams.
- 296 pages in large format 28 x 33 cm
- 6 color print
- Book delivered in slipcase
- Detailed 3D photo-realistic visualizations
- Technical drawings and renderings
- Over 400 mostly unreleased pictures
- Multiple special pages and fold-out pages
'DBR9 - The Definitive History' will be praised by Aston Martin owners and fans alike. It is not only an invaluable source of information on the DBR9 program but also a luxury product - the next best thing to actually owning an Aston Martin.