Gentleman Racer: Aston Martin Unveils V12 Vantage GT3 Racecar

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage already manages to mix handsome looks and serious power, but for those hankering to exploit that package on the track, Aston has a new variant: the new V12 Vantage GT3 racecar.

The mavens of Gaydon started by tweaking the 6.0-liter V-12 from the V12 Vantage and DBS supercars, added a dry-sump oil delivery system, and mated it to a six-speed sequential manual transmission. The result is 600 hp and 516 lb-ft in a car that will weigh a shade under 2800 pounds, thanks to a gutted interior and other weight-saving tricks (i.e. a carbon fiber drive shaft).

With 90 more horsepower on tap than the road-going Vantage and with 1000 fewer pounds, the Vantage GT3 should be considerably faster than the stock Vantage. It should also stop quicker, too, thanks to an upgraded brake system with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back.  Aston claims handling will be improved over the street-legal version, thanks in part to increased downforce, stickier tires, and re-locating the engine mounts to improve weight balance.

The advent of the V12 Vantage GT3 effectively spells the end of the DBRS9, which launched in 2005 and brought home both team championship and manufacturer’s championship trophies in the years following. We won’t be surprised if Aston’s latest customer car proves just as successful going forward. Want one? Prepare to plunk down almost $490,000 when deliveries begin early next year.

Source: Aston Martin

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