Jose Altoveros / Aston Martin | June 20, 2018 14:27
Aston Martin Vantage GT3, GT4 make public debut at Le Mans 24
Last year, Aston Martin introduced the all-new Vantage together with it's track-only counterpart, the Vantage GTE. Now, the British marque has expanded their racing lineup by revealing the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 racers.
Both cars are based on the road-going Vantage and are in-fact powered by the standard 4.0-liter biturbo V8 albeit with some modifications from Aston Martin Racing.
Starting with the more powerful model, the Vantage GT3 can pack up to 535 PS and 700 Nm of torque depending on the boost settings. It then sends power to the rear wheels via an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission. While it is still uses the road-going Vantage's aluminum body, it does get a steel rollcage for added protection coupled with racing seats and a stripped-out interior. Completing the GT3 makeover includes an Alcon multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers, large Alcon brakes and a Bosch Motorsport ABS system.
For the GT3's exterior, it takes on a more aggressive styling. While you can see that it is a Vantage underneath, it does look like a GT3 racer complete with the large rear wing, wide blistered fenders, revised front and rear bumpers and a side exit exhaust. Thanks to these changes, it has a dry weight of only 1,245kg.
In comparison to the GT3, the Vantage GT4 looks a lot more tame and is more akin to the road-going version. It doesn't have the wide fenders, aggressive bumper and is fitted only with a rear spoiler to keep costs down. Full details have yet to be revealed; however, Aston Martin did say that the GT4 is intended for amateur racers.
“The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a worthy successor to the V12 Vantage GT3 and represents the core future of our customer racing programme. With the continued growth of GT racing in general and the GT3 category in particular, this new car and its Vantage GT4 brother will lead our expansion in the GT markets around the globe and particular target areas of the US and Asia,” said David King, vice president and chief special operations officer at Aston Martin.
Do expect to pay a pretty penny for these track-only Vantage racers. Furthermore, Aston Martin says both the GT3 and GT4 are still under development and will be homologated in March 2019. The question now though is which one will you go for?