Aston Martin Racing unveils Vantage GTE


Win on Sunday, sell on Monday, or so the old marketing adage goes. This has certainly been more accurate for some manufacturers than others, but when it comes to Aston Martin, the saying rings particularly true. In a bid to put the marque's wilderness years behind it, Gaydon has invested heavily in its motorsport programme, recasting the brand as cool, sporty and successful - and the current Vantage GTE has been central to that.


Not only has it taken 36 of Aston Martin's 50 international race wins to date, including multiple WEC titles, but last summer it claimed one of the most dramatic 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.


Balance of Performance will obviously dictate its final output, but we do know that Aston has partnered with several new technical partners to otherwise maximise its ability. These include a braking system from Alcon, suspension from Öhlins, and a bespoke tyre programme from Michelin.

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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Andrewph75 21 Nov 2017

    Another reason to look forward to Le Mans 2018, still miss the V12 noise though...

  • Krikkit 21 Nov 2017

    Phwoar. Much more handsome than the road car, I'd like to get rid of that silly diffuser though, they were better when it wasn't quite as tacked-on looking...

  • justboxsters 21 Nov 2017

    Christ!

  • 205pat 21 Nov 2017

    Andrewph75 said:
    Another reason to look forward to Le Mans 2018, still miss the V12 noise though...
    It was a V8 in the old race car, and this new one sounds even better!

  • noble12345 21 Nov 2017

    Want one now and a racetrack for at least 3 years and a billion sets of tires as i plan on going sideways a lot thumbup

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