The Aston Martin Vantage GTE will compete in various series including the World Endurance Championship.   Picture: NEWSPRESS UK
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE will compete in various series including the World Endurance Championship. Picture: NEWSPRESS UK

How do you trump the reveal of your most important model? Easy — reveal a racing version.

Just hours after Aston had pulled the covers off its new Vantage, it showed the Vantage GTE, its FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team’s most successful competition car of all-time, the V8 Vantage GTE.

"Motorsport is fundamental to the DNA of Aston Martin and our commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship is stronger than ever," says David King, president of Aston Martin Racing (AMR). "This is a golden era for GT racing and the launch of the new Vantage GTE will ensure AMR remains at the forefront of the world’s greatest endurance series. The team has enjoyed incredible success over recent years with the outgoing V8 Vantage GTE and while this will hold fond memories for me, I can’t wait to see the new car race at Spa next year."

Built to comply with the FIA’s strict GTE class regulations, Aston says its new Vantage GTE takes the road car’s core design and dynamic capabilities to a new level through extensive optimisation of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics.

Development of the race car is well advanced, with more than 13,000km of testing completed. All of AMR’s drivers have contributed to the test programme, including this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, who have been retained for 2018, as have the 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. AMR has recruited former GP2 race winner and now Formula E racer Alex Lynn.

The drivers have reported the car is easier to control on the limit than its predecessor — something that will make the Vantage GTE especially attractive to competitors in the GTE Am class. Together with AMR’s engineers, the factory drivers have worked to optimise the drivability and performance of the base Mercedes-AMG 4.0l turbocharged V8 engine, that has been developed for use in the Vantage GTE application by Aston Martin Racing and that produces more than 400kW and 700Nm of torque.

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