Aston Martin capped off Sunday evening with the simultaneous reveals of the brand new 2025 Vantage sports activities automobile and its GT3-spec racing counterpart, plus the brand new contender for the 2024 Method 1 World Championship, the AMR24 F1.
The 2025 Vantage enters manufacturing shortly and needs to be in showrooms by the center of the yr. Nonetheless, its Vantage GT3 racing counterpart is already in motion. Some early examples already took to the observe throughout final month’s 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening spherical of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Just like the automobile it replaces, the brand new Vantage GT3 will symbolize Aston Martin in quite a few the highest GT race sequence, together with the FIA World Endurance Championship and Fanatec GT World Problem, in addition to the SportsCar Championship, and extra. Aston Martin additionally plans to take its V-12-powered Valkyrie hypercar racing in each the World Endurance Championship and SportsCar Championship, although not till 2025.
The Vantage GT3 is carefully associated to its road-car counterpart, with a bonded aluminum chassis construction and twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 frequent to each. That is vital for Aston Martin, because the GT racing program serves as a improvement lab that may result in data switch into future highway automobiles, in line with Adam Carter, who heads Aston Martin’s endurance program.
Crucially, the Vantage GT3 represents the primary collaboration between the Aston Martin Racing (AMR) division, which handles motorsports operations for automotive aspect, and Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences (AMPT), which is the F1 group’s consulting division. AMPT can be serving to with improvement of the upcoming Valhalla supercar.
AMPT was charged with setting the efficiency targets for the race automobile, which had been then applied by AMR. Manufacturing of the Vantage GT3 can be dealt with by AMR.
For F1, the AMR24 F1 is the race automobile to be piloted by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll within the new season. It has large footwear to fill as its predecessor managed 9 podium finishes and 280 championship factors.
Fernando Alonso (left) and Lance Stroll
The design guidelines for 2024 are largely unchanged from 2023. One minor change is the addition of a further scoop to assist preserve the cockpit cool in scorching races like these in West Asia.
The chassis consists of a carbon-fiber composite honeycomb construction, during which sits a hybrid energy unit combining a turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 and two motor-generators, one on the driveline and one other built-in with the turbo. Aston Martin makes use of Mercedes-Benz AMG energy items at current however plans to change to Honda energy items in 2026, when new energy unit rules requiring elevated electrification are launched.
The AMR24 will begin pre-season testing on Feb. 21 on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit earlier than the primary race of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix, takes place on the identical location on March 2. This yr’s season will function a document 24 races, together with three within the U.S.