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.