While its road cars are pinnacles of luxury and performance, Aston Martin’s race machines have one simple goal: go as fast as possible around a track. The latest Aston product to join the fray is the new Vantage GT3, which replaces the DBRS9 in the brand’s extensive stable of race cars.
Unlike the Vantage GT4, which is based upon the road-going V8 Vantage, the Vantage GT3 is based on Aston’s gutsy, 510-horsepower V12 Vantage. The company says the GT3’s 6.0-liter V-12 will produce in excess of 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to an Xtrac racing sequential transmission, and the car will have race-tuned versions of ABS and traction control. The teaser image shows the car will wear a massive rear wing, front splitter, flared wheel arches, and a side-exit exhaust.
Aston Martin is targeting a weight of 2750 pounds for the aluminum Vantage GT3, which will begin testing this summer. They will then build ten cars for customers, ready for the 2012 race season. The car joins a host of Aston racers including the Vantage GT2, DBR9 GT1, and the all-out extreme AMR-One LMP1.
Source: Aston Martin