Rallying at David Appleby Engineering

David Appleby created the DAE brand originally with his ralling exploits which most recently included running customers cars across the UK and also developing the Aston Martin Rally GT for many years.

As part of it development programme, the Rally GT competed in three French Rally Championship events, coming second in the Series GT class on its debut at the Lyon to Charbonniers Rally. The car was also used in the Race of Champions and proved to be a favourite with the crowd and drivers alike. David Appleby used chassis 001 on the Azhigmur Stages Rally where it finished 8th overall against WRC cars. The car then did two Rally Days at Castle Combe and Chatsworth thereafter a much needed dog gearbox was fitted. The car was shipped to the island of Jersey to compete in the narrow lanes the car proved to be a massive hit with the media and general public especially after its show on the sea front stage.

As with the DBR9, the Rally GT used a standard road car chassis which is fitted with a Prodrive-designed roll cage for safety and increased torsional rigidity. The engine is closely based on the all alloy road car 4.3 litre V8 unit but has been tuned to make it more flexible and responsive for the demands of rallying.

The suspension on the Rally GT carries over the road car's wishbones modified to carry motorsport specific bearings, but has new competition Eibach springs and three-way adjustable EXE-TC dampers. We have developed the gearbox from the six-speed, close ratio dog engagement gearbox that was fitted to a sequential version of the same gearbox which we developed in conjunction with Hewland.