Aston Martin Racing has revealed its new Vantage GT3 and Vantage GT4 customer racing cars to the public at the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Vantage GT3 will make its racing debut in the Michelin Aston Martin Racing Le Mans Festival this weekend. The Vantage GT3 will take to the track on June 14 and will be driven by Aston Martin Racing driver Ross Gunn.
The new consumer racing cars are derived from the Vantage GTE, which will also participate in the 24-hours marathon. Both of the cars are based on the new Aston Martin Vantage and are powered by the same AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine as the road car.
Built from a lightweight aluminium chassis, again based on the road car, it features a steel roll-cage, an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers and Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS. And, of course, to achieve such a low weight, the car the car has been facilitated in every way: special ultralight glass, a no-frills salon, magnesium 18-inch wheels, a light exhaust system from Akrapovic.
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will continue its development until homologation on March 1, 2019, when it will replace the company’s most successful racing car to date – the V12 Vantage GT3. The latter has been performing for many years, but still brings victory to owners in various races.
Aston Martin Vantage GT4 will not participate in the race this weekend, but it will also be shown this weekend in Le Mans, which should attract potential customers. The development of the new racing GT4 will continue throughout this year, and the date of homologation of the car coincides with GT3.
The GT4, on the other hand, will be a car for amateur racers only. It, too, is still in development and won’t see the light of day until 2019. While the two are based on the same road car, the Aston Martin GT4 class is a fair bit slower, as it gives amateurs the base skills necessary to start moving up into faster, more capable race cars.
“Drivability and a wide operating window remain key targets for us as we develop the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 racing cars,” said Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw. “The fact that our customers can still purchase the V12 Vantage GT3 and be competitive seven years after it was introduced is a fantastic legacy to build on, and the new cars will take this concept on in leaps and bounds.”