2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Confirmed

August 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

The new official racing car for Aston Martin has been officially confirmed for 2012 season. It is the V12 Vantage GT3 which replaces the DBRS9 and offers better performance with lighter weight and better aerodynamics.

The Vantage GT3 features a modified version of Aston Martin’s production 6.0 litre V12 engine found in the marque’s highly acclaimed sports cars. The dry-sumped engine is expected to produce 600 bhp with 700 Nm of torque and its position has been optimised further to improve weight balance. A carbon fibre propshaft mates the engine to a Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

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The new Vantage GT3 is being developed to replicate and indeed surpass the superb track record of the DBRS9. The car is qualified for series like FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT and…

Specifications:

Engine

-           Lightweight V12

-           Dry sump oil system

-           Engine repositioned to optimise weight distribution

-           Target power 600 bhp

-           Target torque 700 Nm

Transmission

-           Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission

-           Racing clutch

-           Limited slip ramp/plate differential

-           Easily accessible drop gears

-           Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change

-           Carbon fibre propshaft

Chassis

-           Lightweight aluminium chassis

-           Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards

High speed pneumatic jack system

Steering

-           Hydraulic power assisted steering

-           Quick release steering wheel

Suspension

-           Double wishbone suspension arms front

and rear with uniball bearings

-           2-way adjustable dampers front and rear

-           Optimsed geometry for lower race ride height

Fuel system

-           110 litre fuel cell to FIA safety standards

-           Twin quick release couplings

-           Fuel cell location optimised for performance and safety

(behind the driver’s seat, inside the safety roll cage)

Brakes

-           6 pot front calipers

-           Ventilated front brake disc

-           4 pot rear caliper

-           Ventilated rear brake disc

-           Floor mounted pedal box

-           Manually adjustable front/rear brake bias

-           Adjustable motorsport ABS

Wheels

-           12.5″ x 18″ front

-           13″ x 18″ rear

Tyres

-           Front 30/68-18

-           Rear 31/71-18

Cockpit

-           Steering wheel mounted controls

-           Driver display / data logger / shift lights / beacon

-           6-point safety harness

-           Adjustable steering position

-           Adjustable seat position

-           Adjustable pedal box position

-           Light weight battery

-           Carbon fibre dash

-           Fire extinguisher system

Aerodynamics

-           Front splitter

-           Adjustable full width carbon fibre rear wing

-           Aerodynamically optimised bumpers, fenders and sills

Weight

-           Target dry weight 1250kg

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