Remember when we showed you Aston Martin’s raucous Vantage GTE in May? Well now, Aston Martin Racing has rolled out the new GT3 and GT4 customer racing cars derived from that GTE.
The Vantage GT3 made its racing debut in the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin Racing driver Ross Gunn at the helm.
But sadly, its GT4 sibling won’t be getting involved in any of the action and will remain on static display in the Aston Martin Racing Festival Race paddock.
All three modern Vantage race cars (the GT3, GT4 and GTE) are based on the critically-acclaimed Aston Martin Vantage road car and powered by the same four-litre turbocharged V8 engine, optimised by Aston Martin Racing.
With a dry weight of 1,245kg, the Vantage GT3 produces a boost-variable 535bhp and 700 Nm of torque and makes use of an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers and Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS. It is also built on a lightweight aluminium chassis and features a steel roll-cage.
Aston has pulled out all the stops with this car because it has a lot to live up to; it replaces the V12 Vantage GT3, Aston Martin’s most successful customer car, which is still winning races seven years after its introduction.
John Gaw, managing director at Aston Martin Racing, revealed that driveability and a wide operating window have been key targets during the development of the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 racing cars.
“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,” he commented.
“The current GT3 is very popular with customers, and there is a desire to spread our marketplace to more championships and at a high level, and from the expressions of interest that we have seen so far I believe we are on track to do that.”
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