Like any motorsport fan I do like a good Aston Martin and since the retirement of the venerable Aston Martin DBRS9 was announced we have all been waiting for our first look of the all new Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
So far all Aston Martin have shown us is some computer designed images of their new car. However, I have managed to come across some photos of the Vantage GT3 going through it’s paces at Prodrive’s test track in Warwick.
The car will be based on the road version of the V12 Vantage but with a few changes. Firstly a dry sump has been used which means that the engine can be tucked up further in to the chassis shortening the wheelbase helping the balance of the car. The current DBRS9 has quite a weighty front end and so the addition of this new dry sump should help resolve this issue. Secondly the car is light. Due to it’s carbon fiber aero parts, drive shaft and aluminium frame it only weighs 1250kg. It’s electronics have been updated and now has a paddle shift gear box, updated ABS and traction control.
Aston Martin say that the engine itself is a 6.0 litre engine producing 600bhp and 516lb ft of torque. I can not wait to hear the thing sing!
The shots of the car show it in development which means that some of the panels may change and that ugly side exhaust will be cleaned up.
There has been a bit of speculation about who will be one of the first teams to run the new car. Generation AMR have confirmed to me that they will be running at least one Vantage GT3 next year in the British GT although other teams that run the Aston Martin DBRS9 have yet to comment.
The current crop of DBRS9s run in everything from British GT, to BelCar and Le Mans so it will be interesting to see where the new Vantage GT3 will be racing next year.
As these are the first photos out there I am sure that it will change between now and the official launch but hopefully it won’t change too much!
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Photos courtesy of Generation AMR