As the natural successor to the successful DBRS9, the new Vantage GT3 will offer customers the latest racing technology to ensure the Vantage GT3 has the credentials to compete with the most recent new product offerings from other manufacturers.
The Vantage GT3 features a modified version of Aston Martin's production 6.0-liter V12 engine. The dry-sumped motor is expected to produce 600hp with 515 lb-ft of torque. Its position has been optimized to improve weight balance. A carbon fiber driveshaft mates the engine to a Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle-shift gear change.
The Vantage GT3 uses Aston Martin's V/H architecture philosophy, in which the modular chassis uses aerospace bonding techniques to create a light and stiff aluminum and composite structure.
Most dramatic of all are the new aerodynamic aids to improve downforce and stability. The shorter wheelbase and lower engine position over the DBRS9 will contribute to enhanced handling and performance. The new car will also provide enhanced drivability with the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems which are fitted as standard.
The Vantage GT3 will be eligible for numerous series around the world including the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nurburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT among others.
Aston Martin remains the only manufacturer to offer a racecar for every GT class. The new Vantage GT3 is being developed to replicate and indeed surpass the superb track record of the DBRS9.
Aston Martin has sold 24 DBRS9s and customer teams have accumulated many race podiums and victories over the past six years, including 2009 Winner Teams Championship, and Winner Manufacturers Championship for Hexis Racing and as recently as a 2011 GT Open race win at Spa for Villois Racing.
Testing of the new car will commence in October, where the Vantage GT3 will undergo durability tests including a 10,000km program. Deliveries of the first cars will commence in early 2012, with prices starting from $490,000.