2015 Geneva Preview: Aston Martin presents the Vantage GT3 Special Edition

Article by Christian A., on February 18, 2015

Aston Martin is disclosing initial details about the new track-inspired Aston Martin Vantage GT3 special edition. Tagged by the carmaker as its most potent and uncompromising Vantage so far, the Vantage GT3 builds on the expertise and experience that Aston Martin received from years of sports car competition around the world. The carmaker’s most performance-focused road-going Vantage to date will be available in very limited numbers, at just 100 examples.

Weighing 100 kg lighter than a than a standard V12 Vantage S, the new Vantage GT3 is powered by a new version of Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12 engine that could deliver up to 600 PS of output.

After thorough reengineering and restyling, the Vantage GT3 looks and feels differently from its siblings in the Vantage family. For instance, it is lower and wider than other Vantage models. Likewise, its front and rear are now wider, which reduces lateral load transfer for a more confident cornering work. The new Vantage GT3 sticks to the ground through Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Aston Martin worked to give the new Vantage GT3 special edition a number of motorsport-inspired elements. For instance, the Vantage GT3 extensively employs carbon fiber. It is also equipped with a track-focused aerodynamics pack that includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter. This aerodynamics package is designed to generate a lot of downforce for greater levels of grip as well as stability while the Vantage GT3 special edition is moving at higher speeds.

Aston designed and engineered the new Vantage GT3 exclusively at its Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most explicit embodiment of everything that defines Vantage. Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful motorsport campaigns, the new special edition is an inspirational sports model that offers great levels drivability on the road while delivering uncompromising performance on track.

Thanks to the efforts of engineers to get rid of mass wherever possible, the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 special edition weighs only 1,565 kg. This was made possible by employing a number of new parts and components made from carbon fiber like the bonnet, front wings and door wings, and even the optional roof. The new Vantage GT3 also employs a lithium ion race-derived battery and is available with optional polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows.

Aside from its powerful V12 engine that delivers 600 hp, the new Vantage GT3 also boasts of several bespoke engineering upgrades. These include a lightweight magnesium torque tube, a new magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, as well as a full titanium exhaust system with center outlets.

Moreover, the new Vantage GT3 boasts of a heavily revised interior marked by race-derived carbon fiber sports seats, a full carbon fiber center stack and touch-sensitive control array, as well as Alcantara trim. The interior of the new Vantage GT3 could also be specified with optional bespoke features from the Q by Aston Martin personalization service.

Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer noted that the motorsport is in their blood at Aston Martin. He remarked that since the Vantage is a top level sports car taking part in global racing campaigns, it was only to offer an exclusive, limited edition that combines their motorsport know-how and their road car prowess.

Palmer called the Vantage GT3 special edition as an uncompromising example of Aston Martin’s design and engineering expertise, adding that its new owners will be able to enjoy every second behind the wheel.

Aston Martin will unveil the new Vantage GT3 special edition to the global public on March 3, at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. The carmaker will commence customer deliveries in the third quarter of 2015.

Press Release

Inspired By Racing: The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition

  • Lightweight and extreme Vantage special edition limited to 100 cars
  • Motorsport-derived chassis, aerodynamics and handling
  • Bridges the gap between road and race track driving

18 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the first details of its most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date: the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition.

With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin’s learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce its most performance focused road-going Vantage.

Equipped with a new iteration of the brand’s 6.0-litre V12 engine which is capable of generating up to 600 PS1, the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S.

Comprehensively re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. A broader track – front and rear – brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres provides even more assured handling.

Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, from the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack – which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter – the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin.

The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.

Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme driveability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track.

New flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fibre door casings, optional carbon fibre roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers’ determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg2.

Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS1 V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage.

The car’s interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fibre centre stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fibre sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand’s popular personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin.

Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess.”

He added: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.”

The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.

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