It seems 2016 is a busy and exciting year for Aston Martin Racing as it reinvents itself for this racing season. Specifically, it plans to utilize its latest V8 Vantage GTE challenger along with two new partnerships: the energy conglomerate TOTAL and tyre expert Dunlop.
The V8 Vantage GTE Challenger - a proven track record: This car has seen a lot of races and has never wavered in its performance. It will be its 12th year running and Aston Martin Racing plans to use a three-car campaign this season for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The three-car team will be composed of a single entry in GTE Am and two cars for the GTE Pro class. Indeed, the three entries will be expected to add to the team’s 23 overall wins in FIA WEC, which is currently the uncontested record.
Taking advantage of regulatory changes in the aerodynamics, the team had recently unveiled the latest 2016 V8 Vantage GTE with a fully re-designed aerodynamics most noticeable in the more pronounced new rear diffuser. With this enhancement, the team is betting that this will bring some advantage in the highly competitive WEC.
New Tyres: Another new development for the Aston Martin Racing team is its announcement that the cars will exclusively use Dunlop tyres for the entire FIA WEC. This is because the team has closely worked with the tyre manufacturer in the testing and development of the latest Dunlop Sport Maxx GT racing tyres which will be used by the V8 Vantage GTE throughout the season.
A Rebalanced squad of drivers: A perfect racing team consists of high performance cars as well as high-skilled and dedicated drivers to man them. This season, Aston Martin is proud to announce a more balanced driver line-up which retains the more familiar faces.
#95 GTE Pro entry will consist of Danish pair Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen who will join existing Aston Martin Racing driver Darren Turner (GB); #97 GTE Pro entry will be composed of the trio Richie Stanaway (NZ), Jonny Adam (GB) and Fernando Rees (BR); #98 GTE Am will remain unchanged with Paul Dalla Lana (CA), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A).
Partnership with energy expert TOTAL: Aston Martin Racing also announced its collaboration with French energy specialist TOTAL for the 2016 season. TOTAL will be bringing in its expertise gained in over 60 years of research in automotive fluids. The French giant will specifically provide technical support at the factory as well as in each round during the WEC season. To reflect this partnership, TOTAL will be featured as part of the new ‘Stirling Green’ new livery of the V8 Vantage.
Other Races and Collaborations: The Aston Martin Racing team will again use two V12 Vantage GT3s in the Nurbugring 24hrs’ top-tier SP9 class. This would be the fourth year of competition at the infamous Green Hell and serves to show the team’s commitment to join top events in the racing world.
Like the other cars, the new 2016 V12 Vantage GT3 will use Dunlop rubber and will be cloaked with the team’s sponsor IQ Option, a binary options broker. Cars from Aston Martin’s Vantage series will be used in competing in the WEC, 24hrs Le Mans and the Nurburgring.
The current Vantage line-up includes V8 Vantage, V8 Vantage S, V12 Vantage S and the Vantage GT12, and serves as the meeting point between the practicality of a road car and the high-performance of a race car. Designer clothing brand Hackett will continue as the team’s supplier for the team.
According to David King, Head of Global Motorsports Aston Martin, 2016 is an exciting season for Aston Martin, being a brand with a very strong Motorsport DNA. Another thing that the team is highly anticipating is the upcoming launch of DB11 as well as the team home race at Silverstone which will showcase the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE in action.