Aston Martin Racing will contest the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona with works team regulars Richie Stanaway (NZ), Mathias Lauda (AT), Pedro Lamy (P) and Paul Dalla Lana completing the four-driver lineup.
The weekend, which takes place over 30-31 January, is the season opener for this year’s IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship; North America’s premier sports car series.
Following an extensive ROAR test session at the beginning of the month, the team returns to the circuit with their V12 Vantage GT3, confident of a strong finish in the GTD class. Testing times remained close throughout the weekend, with the top 18 GTD runners separated by just 1.62 seconds in practice six.
Clad in a matching hue, the N° 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 danced across the Circuit of the Americas TX US to a sixth place GTD result in the 2016 IMSA Lone Star Le Mans. courtesy: Dave Wilson
Vantage GT12 Leads the Way in September at Aston Martin Works
Aston Martin Works is preparing for a busy September of new sports car sales handovers, led by its first delivery of the sold-out Vantage GT12.
With production strictly limited to just 100, the Vantage GT12 special edition draws on all of the brand’s learning from years of top level motorsport competition around the globe. It is equipped with a new iteration of the Aston Martin 6.0-liter V12 engine and is capable of generating up to 600 PS making it not only more powerful but also 100kg lighter than a standard V12 Vantage S.
So, let’s say you love Aston Martin, but you also really
love race cars. Who’s to say that you can’t have the best of the both worlds? Aston Martin certainly isn’t and that’s why
for a cool £250,000 you could be the proud owner of 1 of only 100 Vantage GT3’s.
Under the lightweight bonnet you will find the 6.0-Litre V12
engine from the standard V12 Vantage producing 592-BHP and 460 pound ft of
torque. But the GT3 model uses an array of Magnesium components including the
inlet manifold and the torque tube. The exhaust is also a straight system made
from lightweight Titanium. The kind of figures that you can expect from the
vehicle would be 0-60MPH in just 3.5-seconds and a top speed of 180-MPH.
Overall the GT3 is 100-KG lighter than the V12 Vantage fat
boy version which creates a big bridge between the road and the track. 100-KG
is dropped by a full Carbon Fibre body bar the doors, with the option for
Polycarbonate rear quarters and windows. You could even have the standard
battery replaced with a Lithium Ion battery! With all weight saving options
added that car could weigh as little as 1565-KG.
Even more track magic is bought to the road legal car with
all the aero that create a visual feast. The addition of a massive rear wing,
big front lip and carbon canards lead to twice the aerodynamic force that can
be achieved with the Vantage GT4 and 7 times more than the standard V12
Vantage-S. All of these factors culminate to create Aston Martins second fastest
accelerating car, only to hyper One77. If you have the money, and the contacts
then I would seriously get your name on the list for one of these bad boys.
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beautiful Titanium exhaust thanks to our friends over at XCAR!
This limited-edition Aston Martin Vantage GT3 takes lightweight design to the extreme. The entire body, aside from the doors, is made of carbon fiber. It will likely be the fastest Aston Martin ever made, and it will hit a top speed of about 185 mph.
It can be yours later this year – assuming you have about $365,000 to burn. If not, drool with us for a minute or two in this world exclusive video.