Aston Martin Reveals V12 Vantage GT3 Racer

Here is the latest GT3 race car for the aspiring GT peddler who has become bored with Porsches - it's the new 2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. And it's surely a snip, too, with prices starting form a mere £298,000...

The Vantage GT3 will be the successor to the DBRS9, of which Aston sold 24 examples over the past six years.

Beneath the bonnet of the Vantage GT3 lies a modified version of Aston's 6.0-litre V12 engine (found in the DB9, Virage, DBS and V12 Vantage road cars).

In race trim Aston hopes that the dry-sumped engine will produce 600bhp and 516lb ft of torque. Meanwhile its position has been 'optimised' (we presume that means moved back and down) to improve weight balance. A carbon fibre propshaft couple the engine to an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

Of course, the biggest difference you'll notice between the V12 Vantage road car and its racing cousin is the aero package. Apparently, this contributes to a "muscular and purposeful stance while maintaining the overall beauty of the V12 Vantage", or so says the Aston press release. We'd hope that there is some physical aerodynamic package to the wings 'n' spoilers job, too...

So why the change to the Vantage over the DB9? Well, it seems that the shorter wheelbase and lower engine position over its predecessor makes it a better-handling proposition.

The Vantage GT3 will be eligible for numerous race series around the world including the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT. Testing will begin in October, with delivery of the first cars due in early 2012.

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  • Luca Brasi 24 Aug 2011

    That's an impressive wingeek

    Bet it'll sound brilliant though.

  • jellison 24 Aug 2011

    Now that is what I am talking about. For get the lame warmed over Vantage ones they've had b4.

  • Guvernator 24 Aug 2011

    That is a fantastic looking GT3 car, however it is very pricey considering you can buy a Porsche GT3 cup car for half the price.

  • UltimaCH 24 Aug 2011

    Great looking racer and the sound the V12 makes should be something else

  • VPower 24 Aug 2011

    When Aston get it right, they get it spot on!

    Something else to cheer in GT racing now!

    Was watching it live last weekend on FREE to View TV and it was great racing.

    F1 who cares?

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