ASTON MARTIN GT4
Aston Martin is to introduce a new generation of competitive Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 race cars to customer teams in 2019 that will be based on the critically-acclaimed next generation Vantage road car and the GTE version, set to make its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
The two new cars, designed and built at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, will replace the ultra-successful Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4, currently raced by customer teams around the world. The outgoing examples represent AMR’s most successful racing cars, and they continue to set the standards by winning races and leading championships in GT series around the world 12 years after the first customer car was purchased.
In total, 42 V12 Vantage GT3s were built and of those 37 were sold. The car had proved extraordinarily popular with customers and has a glorious roll of honour that includes three British GT Championships (2013, ’15 and ’16), the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup ProAM title and the Blancpain GT Asian Series. The GT4, of which 124 were built, has a similar pedigree with British GT Championship wins in 2014 and ‘15 and the North European GT4 ProAm title in 2016.
Both the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 will feature race-modified versions of the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine used in Aston Martin’s next generation sports car. Moreover, the Vantage GT3 will draw heavily on the design logic used in the development of the Vantage GTE, which was developed in tandem with the road car over the past 18 months.
The Vantage GT3 and GT4 will be homologated for racing from the 1st March 2019 and Aston Martin Racing is already taking orders for the cars.
Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said: “We are very proud of the heritage we have established as a leading supplier of customer GT cars, with customers racing our cars all around the world. We told the clients who first purchased our GT3 cars seven years ago, that they would be buying a car that would be capable of winning races for years to come. This year we have already proved that with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3’s successes in the British GT Championship. That longevity is something that separates us from other manufacturers. I expect the new GT3 and GT4 to be just as competitive as the cars they are replacing and to remain so for a similar period of time.”
David King, President, Aston Martin Racing, added: “In motorsport the qualities you’re most striving for are a competitive edge, driveability and the durability to deliver upon it. We’ve been able to deliver this to our customers for more than a decade with our Vantage GT4 and more recently with the V12 Vantage GT3. In the new Vantage GT3 and GT4, we intend to build on those attributes as well as continuing to deliver the best looking cars in the paddock.”
Aston Martin Vantage N24
The Vantage N24 was born out of a small Aston Martin Lagonda in house race programme, focused on competing in the legendary Nurburgring 24 hours at the iconic Nordschlieffe circuit later becoming one of a new breed of race cars that formed the origins of the new GT4 racing category designed to be a more accessible class of racing for the amateur driver.
Heavily based upon the successful V8 Vantage road car, the first 16 N24s were built for private racers by Aston Martin Lagonda before production was transferred to AML’s racing partner, Aston Martin Racing, run by Prodrive, in Banbury UK and later being rebranded as the GT4, consistent with the new race category.
The N24 has proved to be a popular race car in club, national and international competition.
The Vantage N24 was based on a standard left hand drive European specification production V8 Vantage but stripped bare achieving a 250kg weight loss over the standard car (down to 1350kg). In addition to weight reduction, the N24 also gained an additional 30bhp over the road car (to 410bhp) plus safety and suspension modifications.
The first 14 cars were built in a dedicated facility within Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters known as Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). Production later transferred to Aston Martin Racing at Prodrive in Banbury where another 39 cars were built, 27 with a Prodrive designed Sportshift (S in chassis number) and 12 with manual gear change (M in chassis number).
Although, strictly speaking, the N24 is a racing car, AM Works Service have been called upon to make two N24s road legal under the single vehicle type approval rules, with a few modifications. For them to do this the N24 needed number plates with lights, indicators, a horn, a proper handbrake, steering column with steering lock, fuel filler restrictor, catalytic converter modifications to comply with noise and emission regulations and a normal driver’s window to replace the fixed Perspex type with sliding panel. Left hand drive cars also needed an MPH speedometer and RHD headlights.
Our original SVO chassis number 12 is available to hire for both test and race events.