Aston Martin is to introduce a new generation of competitive Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 race cars to customer teams in 2019 that will be based on the critically acclaimed next-generation Vantage road car and the GTE version, set to make its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend (May 5-6, 2018).
The two new cars, designed and built at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, will replace the ultra-successful Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4, currently raced by customer teams around the world. The outgoing examples represent AMR’s most successful racing cars, and they continue to set the standards by winning races and leading championships in GT series around the world 12 years after the first customer car was purchased.
In total, 42 V12 Vantage GT3s were built and of those, 37 were sold. The car had proved extraordinarily popular with customers and has a glorious roll of honour that includes three British GT Championships (2013, 2015 and 2016), the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup ProAM title and the Blancpain GT Asian Series. The GT4, of which 124 were built, has a similar pedigree, with British GT Championship wins in 2014 and 2015 and the North European GT4 ProAm title in 2016.
Both the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 will feature race-modified versions of the 4-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine used in Aston Martin’s latest-generation sports car. Moreover, the Vantage GT3 will draw heavily on the design logic used in the development of the Vantage GTE, which was developed in tandem with the road car over the past 18 months.
The Vantage GT3 and GT4 will be homologated for racing from the 1st of March 2019 and Aston Martin Racing is already taking orders for the cars.