Aston Martin has unveiled the Vantage GT3 and Vantage GT4 racing cars 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.
Both the Vantage GT3 and GT4 are derived from the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE and are powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine. The Vantage GT3 will replace the V12 Vantage GT3 and packs 535 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. The Vantage GT3 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.
“Driveability and a wide operating window remain key targets for us as we develop the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 racing cars,” says 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.”
The Vantage GT4 will be on display this weekend, but it won’t be ready for competition until March 2019.
“The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a worthy successor to the V12 Vantage GT3 and represents the core future of our customer racing program,” said Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer David King. “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.”
Source: Aston Martin