Aston Martin Unveils Fan-Designed Le Mans Race Car

Aston Martin Vantage GTE 5 photos
Photo: Aston Martin
Aston Martin Vantage GTEAston Martin Vantage GTEAston Martin Vantage GTEAston Martin Vantage GTE
Aston Martin Racing and Gulf have unveiled the Vantage GTE race car that will compete in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans sporting a fan-designed livery.
The winning design, “inspired by the change in atmosphere as day gives way to night during the 24 Hours of Le Mans”, was created by Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK and will decorate the No. 97 Vantage GTE at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

"I have been excited ever since I got the news that my design had been chosen. I loved the chance of being able to design a Gulf Aston Martin, but it's already such a classic livery that I was wondering what I could do. I thought about the Gulf corporate colours – dark blue, light blue, orange and white – and I came up with the idea of ‘daylight to dusk’, which to me is the most exciting part of the race,” Jonathan explained.

“So it moves from the white with the broad orange stripe dividing things to the dark blue of the night. The orange and blue lines represent the streaks that you often see in photos of the cars at night and the whole design sort of summed up the essence of Le Mans to me,“ he added.

The No. 97 car is one of five Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTEs competing in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race and it will be driven by Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Peter Dumbreck.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea profile photo

Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories