Aston Martin Racing has announced the new Vantage GT3 racecar, which is based on the V12 Vantage road car. This is a sneak preview of the car that will be ready for competition in 2012.
The Vantage GT3 will replace the DBRS9, launched in 2006 at Le Mans. To date, 26 DBRS9 chassis have been built and raced to multiple victories in national and international series across the world, most recently winning in the Australian GT at Mount Panorama in October 2010, and achieving a podium finish at Zolder last week.
The new Vantage GT3 joins the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1 and the AMR-One LMP1 to create the largest and most comprehensive range of Aston Martin racecars to date.
Designed to FIA regulations, the Vantage GT3 will be built around the Vantage aluminum VH architecture with a lightweight dry-sump 6.0-liter V12 engine, based on the V12 Vantage roadcar.
The new car will have a semi-automatic paddle-shift Xtrac race transmission plus the latest race-developed ABS and traction control systems, optimized for the Vantage GT3.
John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director added: “The DBRS9 has been a very successful GT3 racing car and, despite being more than six years old, is still competitive today. However, the competition has moved on and we needed to create a new car that combines our experience in this category with the latest technology to continue Aston Martin’s success in GT3 for many years to come.”
Aston Martin Racing has set a target weight of 2755 lb and target engine figures of more than 600hp and 700Nm (515 lb-ft). The first car will be completed in July 2011 and will undergo an extensive test and development program for the rest of the year. Ten customer cars will then be built for delivery for the start of the 2012 season.