New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes racing debut at Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing has revealed its new Vantage GT3 and GT4 customer racing cars to the public at the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the Vantage GT3 making its Racing debut in the Aston Martin Racing Le Mans Festival this weekend.

The new Vantage GT3 and GT4, the former taking the track for the first time on Thursday (14 June) in the hands of AM Racing driver Ross Gunn, is derived from the new Vantage GTE; two of which are entered into the GTE Pro category of this weekend’s showpiece endurance event. All three modern Vantage race cars are based on the critically-acclaimed Vantage road car and powered by the same 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, optimized by AM Racing.

Weighing in dry at 1245kg, the #Vantage GT3 produces a boost-variable 535bhp and 700 Nm of torque. 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.

The Vantage GT3 remains in development until homologated on 1 March, 2019 and replaces Aston Martin’s most successful customer car, the V12 #vantagegt3, which is still winning races seven years after it was first introduced to the market, most recently in the Blancpain GT Series #endurance Cup and British GT series.

While not competing this weekend, the new  Aston Martin Vantage GT4 makes race debut at Le Mans will remain on display throughout in the AM Festival Race paddock, offering potential customers and race fans a first glimpse of the marque’s new challenger. Along with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, the GT4 makes its race debut at Le Mans but remain in development throughout 2018 and is set to be homologated for competition from 1 March, 2019.

Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer David King said, “The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes debut at Le Mans is a worthy successor to the V12 Vantage GT3 and represents the core future of our customer racing program.”

“With the continued growth of GT racing in general and the GT3 category in particular, this new car and its vantage GT4 brother will lead our expansion in the GT markets around the globe and particular target areas of the US and Asia. We’ve already seen a high level of interest from potential customers and we only expect that to grow as the car evolves closer to its homologation date,” he concluded.