The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans back in June marked the first time Aston Martin Racing’s new Vantage GTE had taken to this legendary circuit in anger. But away from the sound, sweat and dedication of an endurance racing event, the Le Mans weekend also saw the debut of Aston Martin Racing’s newest generation of customer racing cars, the Vantage GT3 and GT4. The two cars represent the evolution of Aston Martin Racing’s offering, replacing the long-standing and iconic Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4.
These original GT cars, still being raced around the world by customer teams, are among the most successful racing cars in AMR’s history, with an impressive roll of honour accrued over their lifetime. 37 of the 42 V12 Vantage GT3s found their way to private teams, with victories including the British GT Championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and the Blancpain GT Asian Series. 124 GT4s were built, counting British GT Championship wins in 2014 and 2015 among their trophies.
Based on the acclaimed Aston Martin Vantage road car, and sharing its 4.0-litre turbocharged V8, the new GT3 and GT4 were developed and enhanced by Aston Martin Racing. At Le Mans, the GT3 took to the track for the very first time, driven by AMR test driver Ross Gunn in the Aston Martin Racing Festival race.
With a dry weight of 1245kg, the GT3’s power output is a boost-variable 535bhp, with 700Nm of torque. The aluminium chassis is derived from the road car, with the addition of a steel roll-cage, Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, along with Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers, Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS. Official homologation will be from 1 March 2019, when it will join the new Vantage GT4 and bring in a new era of competitive racing to Aston Martin Racing’s customers.