In addition to the facelifted Rapide S, Aston Martin is showcasing the DBR/1 race car on its stand at the Geneva Motor Show. The car joined Aston’s Works Team in 1956 and it adopted the then-new RB6/300 2.9-liter engine a year later.
The straight-six made 252 horsepower, which was very impressive in the middle of the 1950s, especially when mounted in a car that tipped the scale at merely 801 kilos (1,795 pounds).
Aston Martin built three more examples of the DBR/1 and they went on to have a successful career in motorsports. The cars won 8 of the 16 races in which they were entered from 1957 to 1959, and they earned Aston the World Sportscar Championship in 1959.