2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes its debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2011

Aston Martin has officially revealed the details for the V12 Vantage GT3 car, its replacement for the DBRS9. It will come with the latest in race-car technology and will have an output of 600hp. The dry-sumped 6.0 litre V12 engine will produce 600 bhp (significantly more than the 510 hp of the stock engine) with 700 Nm of torque. Its position has been revised further from the street car to improve weight balance.

The V12 Vantage already has an impressive appearance but with the new aerodynamics, it appears more muscular and purposeful. The V12 Vantage’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine position is lower compared to the DBRS9. This improves the handling and its performance. Its driveability is also improved. Offered as standard on the V12 Vantage GT3 are the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems.

The Vantage GT3 is qualified to join several races throughout the world such as the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT. The new car will begin testing in October. The Vantage GT3 will be subjected to a comprehensive sign-off durability test. Aston Martin will start deliveries for this model in early 2012. It has a starting price of £298,000.

Considered as the most powerful car to come from Aston Martin in its 95-year history, the V12 Vantage was officially unveiled during the 2009 Motor Show in Geneva. It was in December 2007, during the inauguration of the Aston Martin Design Studio, that guests were treated to the unveiling of the first V12 Vantage concept. As if to show just how good the company is in creating a concept car and then going to the actual production, engineers managed to deliver the V12 Vantage in just a year. In terms of this, this latest version of the Vantage line offers a more distinct character that manages to attract even drivers of various preferences.

It even complements other models that are in the present line-up of the company. Chief Executive Officer Aston Martin Dr. Ulrich Bez shared that the V12 Vantage is the best performance interpretation of this range as it manages to mix the company’s most powerful engine with its most agile model. Founded on the V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with output at 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and peak torque at 570 Nm (420 lb ft). Maximum speed comes in at 190 mph (305 km/h) with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in merely 4.2 seconds.

Dr. Bez continued by saying that the V12 Vantage is indeed the perfect driving package as it offers excellent performance in order to give it that dynamic thrill as well as that amazing daily driving experience. He added that unlike its other models, the V12 Vantage has a very unique quality and it’s expected to appeal to a wide variety of people each with their own preferences. This means that more people will have the chance to be part of the Aston Martin experience, he continued.

It also shows the greatest strength of the company which is to be able to move quickly and then turn an idea and concept to an actual product, Dr. Bez added. This latest incarnation of the Vantage series will be manufactured at the company’s facility located in Gaydon, Warwickshire where the other Vantage models like the V8, DBS, and DB9, have been manufactured as well. This facility has state-of-the-art production and even manages to combine traditional hand-craftsmanship with an advanced manufacturing process. Since Aston Martin will limit the production to 1,000 units over its total life span, it makes this model an exclusive one.

Aside from boasting an attractive appearance, the V12 Vantage hints at a powerful performance by having a focused stance. This was the result of improving aerodynamics and enhancing the cooling aids to visually widen the car. All of these improvements were made even as the traditional design was retained. The interior is just as inviting as it enables the driver to get the maximum performance while still being able to enjoy the usual comfort levels that an Aston Martin offers especially on long trips.

With the V12 Vantage being able to access high power levels and even high torque no matter what the speed may be, it makes it tractable and responsible regardless of the driving condition. With the design putting emphasis on the driver, each part of this new model was tuned to give pure driving enjoyment. Using components and materials that were initially developed for racing plus having lightweight carbon fiber, this means that agility and performance have been modified to be perfect.

Press Release

2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race car

Aston Martin confirmed the specification of the 2012 Vantage GT3 race car. As the natural successor to the enormously successful DBRS9, the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will offer customers the latest in race-car technology to ensure the Vantage GT3 has the credentials to compete with the most recent new product offerings from other manufacturers.

The Vantage GT3 features a modified version of Aston Martin's production 6.0 litre V12 engine found in the marque's highly acclaimed sports cars. The dry-sumped engine is expected to produce 600 bhp with 700 Nm of torque and its position has been optimised further to improve weight balance. A carbon fibre propshaft mates the engine to a Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

The Vantage GT3 benefits from Aston Martin's V/H architecture philosophy, the modular chassis uses aerospace bonding techniques to create a light and immensely stiff aluminium and composite structure which not only aids handling on Aston Martin's road cars but is also an ideal base for competitive race cars.

Most dramatic of all, are the new aerodynamics, contributing to a muscular and purposeful stance while maintaining the overall beauty of the V12 Vantage. The shorter wheel base and lower engine position over its predecessor will contribute to enhanced handling and performance. The new car will also provide enhanced driveability with the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems which are fitted to the V12 Vantage GT3 as standard.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will be eligible for numerous race series around the world including the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT among others.

Aston Martin remains the only manufacturer to offer a race car for every GT class firmly cementing it as a global forerunner in race car production. The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is being developed to replicate and indeed surpass the superb track record of the DBRS9.

Aston Martin has sold 24 DBRS9s and customer teams have accumulated many race podiums and victories over the past six years including 2009 Winner Teams Championship, and Winner Manufacturers Championship for Hexis Racing and as recently as a 2011 GT Open race win at Spa for Villois Racing.

Testing of the new car will commence in October 2011, where the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will undergo a comprehensive sign-off durability test including a 10,000 km test programme. Deliveries of the first cars will commence in early 2012. Prices start from £298,000.

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