2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE revealedNovember 21, 2017
Aston Martin revealed the new Vantage: a dynamics successor to the biggest-selling road car in the British marque’s history. Then, on the same day, in an unprecedented synchronised launch, Aston Martin Racing revealed the new Vantage GTE: the spectacular new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team’s most successful competition car of all-time, the multiple Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE.
The second-generation Vantage GTE was revealed in London on Tuesday evening alongside the road-going car from which it has been developed.
While the company was coy on specifics, they confirmed the model has a Mercedes-AMG sourced V8 engine. There’s no word on the engine’s output but Aston Martin Racing said “factory drivers have worked hard to optimize the drivability and performance” of the mill.
Built to comply with the FIA’s strict GTE class regulations, the new Vantage GTE takes the road car’s core design and dynamic capabilities to a whole new level through extensive optimisation of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics. Designed and engineered in-house at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, the project is led by Technical Director Dan Sayers, who also guided the design and development of the current V8 Vantage GTE – the car credited with 37 of the team’s 51 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins.
Though the new Vantage road car has only just been launched, development of the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE racecar is well advanced, with more than 13,000km of testing completed, including a successful 30-hour run at the Spanish circuit of Navarra. The car has also been through a rigorous durability programme at the notoriously rough Sebring circuit in Florida. All of Aston Martin Racing’s current drivers have contributed to the test programme.
The new Vantage GTE undertook its first test on Michelins at Sebring the week after the Shanghai WEC round earlier this month.
The first car has already completed 13,000km of testing, which includes two 30-hour race simulations and further endurance running at Sebring.
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