Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Race Car Unveiled

Competition should be trembling by now, as Aston Martin Racing today released initial details of its new Vantage GT3 race car based on the V12 Vantage road car, which will be ready in 2012.The new Vantage GT3 comes to join the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1 and the AMR-One LMP1 in the current range of Aston Martin race cars.

Replacing the DBRS9, the Vantage GT3 complies with FIA regulations, and will be built around the Vantage aluminium VH architecture with a lightweight dry-sumped 6.0 litre V12 engine, based on the V12 Vantage road car.

The new car will have a race semi-automatic paddle shift Xtrac gearbox and the latest race-developed ABS and traction control systems, optimised for the Vantage GT3.

Weight target was set to 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs), while performance figures are expected to be of more than 600bhp and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft.). The first car will be completed in July 2011 and will undertake an extensive test and development programme during the rest of the year. Ten customer cars will then be built ready for delivery for the start of the 2012 season.

“The DBRS9 has been a very successful GT3 racing car and, despite being more than six years old, is still competitive today,” stated John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director.

“However, the competition has moved on and we needed to create a new car that combines our six years’ experience in this category with the latest race technology to continue Aston Martin’s success in GT3 for many years to come,” he added.

The DBRS9 was launched in 2006 at Le Mans, and has since seen 26 chassis built and raced to multiple victories in national and international series across the world.
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