Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 now testing

Looks like it should eat 911s for breakfast
Looks like it should eat 911s for breakfast
Had enough of the 911 overload? Well, Aston Martin may have the answer, its £300K V12 Vantage GT3 racer now undergoing shakedown testing ahead of its race debut next year. A couple of weeks late for Halloween, the scary looking V12 GT car couldn't be more different from the 911 GT3 R that is its most comparable off-the-shelf-racer rival.

The 2012 GT3 R goes on sale this month, priced at 304,500 Euros, plus VAT. An upgrade kit for teams with the current car worried about the Aston is available for 43,100 Euros. This comprises a new intake system boosting power by 20hp to 500hp and a revised gearbox with paddleshifters and upgraded software.

Will that be enough for Porsche drivers presented with the rather worrying vision in their mirrors that is the Vantage GT3? Certainly if intimidation was part of Aston's design brief it's come up trumps, the 600hp delivered by the 6.0-litre V12 engine meaning it's got the muscle to back it up too.

Vantage now at the core of Aston's GT racing line-up
Vantage now at the core of Aston's GT racing line-up
The replacement for the successful DBRS9, the new car takes advantage of the smaller overall size of the Vantage, team driver Darren Turner saying that the new car is "a massive step forward from the DBRS9." Much of that benefit derives from the smaller size. "It is more responsive and feels more nimble," says Turner, "giving the driver plenty of confidence to extract all the performance from the V12 engine while also being light on its tyres. It isn't too physical and I didn't even break into a sweat during the test!"

The engine and basic architecture are based on that of the V12 Vantage road car, the new Vantage geared up for serious frontline competition and following on from the V12 Zagato race car Aston ran at the Nurburgring 24-hour earlier in the year. And driven on PistonHeads!

The new car is much more of a finished product though and will join Aston Martin's line-up of full customer race cars. It'll be eligible to run in a number of GT championships, including the FIA GT3, British GT, VLN and Blancpain Endurance Series. Deliveries start early next year and it's yours for £295,000.

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  • BuzzLightyear 23 Nov 2011

    That is LOVELY and hope it delivers what the looks promise!

    Wonder if it could be made road-legal...scratchchin

  • tosh.brice 23 Nov 2011

    The "line up ..." link does not work; and the voting meter does not appear in the main article though it does in gassing station

  • Decoy 23 Nov 2011

    "boosting power by 20hp to 500hp"

    "the 600hp delivered by the 6.0-litre V12 engine"

    so does it have 500 or 600hp? confused

  • Zod 23 Nov 2011

    Decoy said:
    "boosting power by 20hp to 500hp"

    "the 600hp delivered by the 6.0-litre V12 engine"

    so does it have 500 or 600hp? confused
    Read it again - the boost to 520 bhp is for the Porsche teams worried about the Aston.

    I'd like to have this engine in my road car, please.

  • JaseB 23 Nov 2011

    I guess there's a healthy chance it'll be at Le Mans next year?!

    Yes please, I need to hear that at full chatcool

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