Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage

Aston Martin is returning to grand touring endurance racing with their first works car since 2008 with the 2012 Vantage GTE.

Similar to the customer cars that ran at Le Mans last year with Team Jota and the Gulf AMR Middle East, the car has been updated by the in-house race technicians and, I suspect, from Dave Richards’ Prodrive engineering group.  They’ll be competing in both the GTE Professional  and GTE Amateur classes.

Just how is this car different from the Jota and Gulf AMR teams that ran the Vantage last year?

Aston Martin says their car has 25 improvements over its customer run predecessor.  Improvements include revised aerodynamics, including a new rear wing, a new rollcage and heavily reworked version of the Vantage’s V8 engine for improved durability.

Ultimately, this car is factory backed, prepared, and run by Aston Martin.  Given the success they had with the gorgeous DBR9, I anticipate a good showing from the Astons.

112 days and counting…

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