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Aston Martin Vantage GTE race car revealed

By Chris Thompson, 22 Nov 2017 News

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Revealed in tandem with the Vantage V8 road car, Aston’s new WEC challenger is here

Developed at the same time as the Vantage road car, the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE race car has been revealed.

Aston Martin says the car has already undergone intense testing.

“Development of the new Vantage GTE race car is well advanced, with more than 13,000km of testing completed, including a successful 30-hour run at the Spanish circuit of Navarra.”

“The car has also been through a rigorous durability programme at the notoriously rough Sebring circuit in Florida.”

Testing has revealed to drivers that the new car is “easier to control on the limit than its predecessor,” something Aston believes will be attractive to its motorsport customers.

The Vantage GTE will likely not be as powerful as the 375kW/685Nm road-version, as FIA regulations restrict power and weight for parity.

On that note, the GTE will likely weigh far less than its 1530kg counterpart.

Heading up the GTE project was Aston Martin Racing technical director Dan Sayers, who also developed the current – and very successful – Vantage V8 GTE racer.

“Designing and developing this new car has been an extremely satisfying process,” Sayers says.

“We’ve collaborated closely with Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters to develop the road and race cars in parallel.

“Attention to detail has been a priority at every step of this process and we’ve made big improvements in each area of the car.

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“We’ve spent every second optimising the design right until the build of our test car, which has paid dividends during our current testing schedule.

“This project has been one of the most intensive but also rewarding of my career so far”.