Le Mans class victories in living memory, ensuring it left suitably large racing boots for its successor to fill.
With the road car being unveiled earlier today, it has taken Aston just a few hours to follow it up with its track-going counterpart - further proof of just how closely intertwined the fortunes of these two cars are now seen as being.
So what are we looking at then? Well, fairly obviously, it's the new Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE. Designed and engineered in-house at Aston Martin Racing's headquarters in Banbury, and powered by an "extensively optimised" variant of the road car's Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre turbocharged V8, it's the car that'll be looking to defend that Le Mans victory in seven month's time.
It seems to be so far, so good, too, because while the new road car has only just been launched, development of the GTE is well underway. With more than 13,000km of testing completed - including a 30-hour run at Navarra and a rigorous durability programme at Sebring - Aston reports the new car's reliability as being "exceptional straight out of the box" with the drivers saying that it's also easier to control on the limit than its predecessor. An attractive proposition for all those gentleman drivers out there...
Talking about the new car, President of Aston Martin Racing, David King said, "Motorsport is fundamental to the DNA of Aston Martin and our commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship is stronger than ever. This is a golden era for GT racing and today's launch of the new Vantage GTE will ensure that Aston Martin Racing remains at the forefront of the world's greatest endurance series."