Do you remember the presentation of the new Vantage at the 24 Hours of Daytona? If you don’t, we almost missed it too. Without any warning, Aston Martin sent the new Vantage GT3 to the track before it was informally revealed without telling anyone. Now these debuts are official. Aston not only told us about the new road version of the Vantage, but also gave us a preview of the racing car.
The Vantage GT3 is, in a nutshell, a classic Vantage that has been heavily modified to compete in endurance racing. It features a roll bar installed in its bonded aluminum chassis, carbon fiber body panels and many other changes to make it suitable for track use.
All GT3-class machines begin their lives as true production cars, and the new Vantage is no different. The cars in the category are all unique but have very similar performance characteristics despite their variety. According to regulations, the Aston has the same basic engine as the production car, but it is detuned to produce between 500 and 600 horsepower. All GT3 class cars must also weigh between 1,200 and 1,300 kg.
The old Vantage GT3 was a popular race car with customers, and Aston believes the new one will be no different. By the end of the 2024 season, the automaker expects 30 cars to race on circuits around the world. This is partly because Aston already has many customer teams using its car, but also because it qualifies for many different series.
Despite the formula’s success, the company described the previous car as having “challenging” driving characteristics which it said have been corrected in the new model. Driver feedback after an extensive development program has been positive, with the car described as having “no vices” and being very forgiving.
If you want to see a Vantage GT3 in action, you’ll have plenty of opportunities. In addition to competing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the United States, it will also compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series ( NLS).
In the meantime, you can join us in admiring that huge rear wing.
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