Thursday, February 29, 2024

New Aston Martin GT3 race car revealed alongside refreshed road version

Alongside the reveal of the Vantage road car, Aston Martin has just revealed its GT3 race car version of the two-door coupe. That said, it’s somewhat of a post-reveal “reveal,” as this new Vantage has already hit the track at last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Today we learn all the details and see the new Vantage racing car in its Aston Martin-designed livery. Like the road car, the new Vantage GT3 sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under its hood. This is a unique racing version of the engine with bespoke turbochargers, a dry sump lubrication system and much more. Power, of course, will be variable depending on Balance of Performance restrictions, but Aston says it will produce “more than” 536 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It uses an Xtrax six-speed sequential transmission and Alcon brakes for stopping.

The design and aerodynamic package are all new for this next-generation GT3 car, as is the suspension. Aston says its previous car dived a lot under braking, but thanks to numerous adjustments and damper tuning tests, it believes the problem is resolved. He also expects greater car stability in all conditions and more even tire wear for long stints.

A new nose helps both aerodynamic goals and crews in possible repair situations. It’s now a single piece of carbon fiber with a quick release design for quick pit lane changes in the event of track damage. The Vantage features a shorter splitter, large louvers in the front wheel arches and even larger louvers in the rear arches, all to improve aerodynamics. And of course, its overall design channels the new road version of the Vantage more than the previous one to make it look completely fresh on the track.

Aston expects there to be up to 30 Vantage GT3s competing in various racing series around the world in 2024. You’ll see it on the track at some iconic races like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the most important of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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