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Aston Martin Vantage GT3: Race car for the Road

Welcome folks to the most hardcore Aston Martin road car of its time. It is called the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 due its race car credentials. This is an Aston you could drive to a track day and to a Page 3 party by sundown. I’m sure it would turn heads not just because it’s badge, but also due to the large rear wing and orange accented paint. The idea behind this car was to make a track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition, thus creating a race car for the road.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The Vantage GT3 is equipped with an old-school 6.0-liter atmospheric V12 crammed into the engine bay. Peak output is 600 PS or 592 hp. The engine has been extensively modified with magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets, among others. Improved track performance has been achieved thanks to weight savings of up to 100 kg over the standard V12 Vantage S model.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The exterior is completely built in carbon fiber. Customers can further spec their cars with lightweight perspex glass and a carbon fiber roof. The standard batter has also been replaced with a lighter lithium-ion unit. The bodywork is shaped to mimic Aston Martin’s GT3-spec race cars that further adds downforce. The rear spoiler combined with the front splitter and rear diffuser make the car stick to the road surface which should make it pretty nippy around corners.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Now, Aston Martin will only build 100 units of the Vantage GT3 which makes it highly exclusive and prices start at GBP 250,000. XCARFilms got an exclusive preview of the new model. Scroll down to watch the video.

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Press Release:

18 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the first details of its most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date: the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition.

With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin’s learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce its most performance focused road-going Vantage.

Equipped with a new iteration of the brand’s 6.0-litre V12 engine which is capable of generating up to 600 PS1, the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S.

Comprehensively re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. A broader track – front and rear – brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres provides even more assured handling.

Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, from the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack – which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter – the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin.

The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.

Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme driveability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track.

New flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fibre door casings, optional carbon fibre roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers’ determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg2.

Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS1 V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage.

The car’s interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fibre centre stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fibre sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand’s popular personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin.

Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess.”

He added: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.”

The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.

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