Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Announced For 2012

April 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

Wave goodbye to the DBRS9 and say hello to Aston’s brand-new GT racer the Vantage GT3!

Actually, not that fast. This car is still under development and will replace the the DBRS9 from the beginning of 2012 GT3 season joining Aston Martin’s racing cars lineup with the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1 and the AMR-One LMP1 to create the largest and most comprehensive range of Aston Martin race cars to date. It is based on the V12Vanatage road car and if anything it looks even better than that with all the added racing bits.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Announced For 2012 vantage gt3

Final figures are yet to be confirmed, but Aston officials want a maximum weight of 1250kg, engine performance figures of more than 600bhp and 700Nm. The new car will have a race semi-automatic paddle shift Xtrac gearbox and the latest race-developed ABS and traction control systems, optimised for the Vantage GT3. The car will will be completed in July 2011 and will undertake an extensive test and development programme during the rest of the year.

Aston will offer 10 customer cars based on the GT3 next year but pricing is yet to be revealed.

John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director added: “The DBRS9 has been a very successful GT3 racing car and, despite being more than six years old, is still competitive today. “However, the competition has moved on and we needed to create a new car that combines our six years’ experience in this category with the latest race technology to continue Aston Martin’s success in GT3 for many years to come.”

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