Timed to coincide with the worldwide debut of the brand new Vantage street automobile, the spectacular new Vantage GT3 mirrors the most recent showroom mannequin’s intensified efficiency, sharpened dynamics, and attention-grabbing type, translating these qualities right into a formidable new GT racer and beginning the following chapter in Aston Martin’s illustrious motorsport historical past.
Talking of the thrilling new GT racer, Marco Mattiacci, World Chief Model and Industrial Officer of Aston Martin mentioned: “Concurrently revealing the brand new Vantage and Vantage GT3 race automobile underlines Aston Martin’s dedication to constructing the world’s most interesting sports activities automobile after which proving its capabilities on-track. It additionally indicators a better relationship between our street and race packages, with Aston Martin Racing benefitting from the distinctive pool of expertise, expertise, and information cast in Formulation 1® and located all through Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences.”
“The result’s a very state-of-the-art GT racer; one which shares its DNA with the most recent Vantage street automobile, but is completely advanced to go well with the most recent GT3 rules. Descended from a succession of a number of world championship-winning predecessors, the brand new Vantage GT3 is proving irresistible to a powerful worldwide roster of main GT racing groups. Hungry for victory and poised to construct upon Aston Martin’s extraordinary monitor file, the world’s biggest endurance races are firmly within the Vantage GT3’s sights.”
The Vantage GT3 is a complete evolution of the ultra-successful and not too long ago retired Vantage GTE and GT3 vehicles, which made their debut in 2018. Sharing their mechanical structure – and that of the brand new Vantage street automobile – the Vantage GT3 is constructed round Aston Martin’s confirmed bonded aluminum chassis construction and powered by its fearsome twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. Boasting a dramatic, all-new nose-to-tail aerodynamic bundle, comprehensively revised suspension, and state-of-the-art electronics, collectively they endow this latest-generation Aston Martin GT racer with world-beating potential.
Constructed to adjust to all FIA GT3 class rules, together with the new-for-2024 LMGT3 class, the brand new Vantage GT3 is a very international competitor. One that may battle for honors on the earth’s best GT sequence, together with the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (IMSA), Fanatec GT World Problem, European Le Mans Sequence (ELMS) and the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS).
The Vantage GT3 is the primary product of the pioneering collaboration between Aston Martin Racing (AMR) and Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences (AMPT), as Adam Carter, Aston Martin’s Head of Endurance Motorsport, explains: “The brand new GT3 is our first alternative to make use of AMPT to play a task in leveraging the capabilities, angle, and methodologies of all of Aston Martin’s varied nerve facilities, which we’ve then mixed with the unmatched GT program administration experience of AMR. The GT racing program will function a growth lab that may enhance information switch and strategy into future Aston Martin street vehicles”.
Developed to a strict set of targets set by AMPT and applied by AMR, the brand new Vantage GT3 upgrades centered upon addressing among the outdated automobile’s more difficult dealing with traits to make the brand new GT3 as driveable as potential for each skilled and novice drivers alike. An intensive growth program – together with a grueling 30-hour check – was accomplished late final 12 months with a mixture of Aston Martin’s contracted skilled drivers, plus chosen novice racers. All reported the brand new Vantage GT3 to be a super-fast-yet-forgiving machine with no vices and a usefully extensive set-up window that’s completely suited to the distinctive calls for and ultra-competitive nature of top-level GT racing.
As lead engineer on the GT3 programme, Aston Martin Racing’s Head of Efficiency Gustavo Betelli was charged with guaranteeing the Vantage GT3 delivered the specified mixture of final tempo and approachability. Discovering that candy spot whereas staying throughout the FIA’s tightly prescribed and strictly policed Stability of Efficiency (BoP) rules was key to hitting AMPT’s transformative targets: “The deal with the brand new Vantage GT3 was to extend their efficiency window and make one thing that will work at any circuit, on any tire, and with any driver. We additionally needed to work with the brand new rules, which required extra modifications.
“These new era GT3 vehicles are extra dependent than ever on aerodynamic downforce, so we needed to make the automobile extra secure beneath braking. The outdated automobile would dive lots beneath braking, so we needed to attempt to management the pitch with the rear suspension set-up. However this meant it was stiff, which made it fairly snappy and, additionally over-worked the tyres. Working closely on damper tuning, we’ve discovered a a lot better steadiness with the brand new automobile so we are able to generate the downforce with out compromising the suspension set-up. The result’s much-improved development and higher stability in all situations. It additionally works its tires far more evenly, so groups have extra technique choices. The suggestions from drivers who’ve examined it has been overwhelmingly optimistic. Particularly the novice racers, who’ve been capable of obtain lap occasions which can be a lot nearer to the Professionals. Now we have to go racing!”.
Visually the Vantage GT3 combines the hanging design of the brand new Vantage street automobile with the acute downforce-generating aerodynamics that make GT3 racing so widespread with racers and followers alike. Intensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) achieved the specified targets for aerodynamic efficiency and effectivity – whereas remaining throughout the FIA’s downforce limits – and enter from Aston Martin’s Design division ensured this pure operate was matched by excellent kind.
The result’s a very breathtaking machine. One that mixes the muscular and unmistakable design language of the Vantage street automobile with the superior aggression and poise of a purebred racer. Amongst probably the most hanging points of the Vantage GT3 is the brand new nostril. Not solely does the street automobile’s new wider grille aperture look fabulous, nevertheless it additionally permits AMR to extend the quantity of ducted cooling air to the brakes, which now provides drivers extra constant efficiency.
The nostril itself is a big one-piece clamshell constructed from carbon fiber. A fast-release design to facilitate speedy elimination and alternative within the occasion of mid-race accident harm, it homes a full-width laser gentle and a shorter splitter; the impact of which strikes the middle of strain rearwards to cut back pitch sensitivity and help stability. Massive louvers within the prime of the entrance wheel arches evacuate high-pressure air to cut back raise, with a fair bigger stack of louvers within the rear arches permitting excessive strain to flee from the rear to cut back drag.
Because of its widespread eligibility, the brand new Vantage GT3 is the weapon of selection for a powerful and ever-growing worldwide roster of Aston Martin Racing associate groups. This sees long-standing AMR companions Coronary heart of Racing and D’station Racing joined by newcomers similar to Germany’s Walkenhorst Motorsport and Belgian crew ComToYou Racing. Flying Lizard Motorsports, already a Vantage GT4 associate crew, will now step as much as the Vantage GT3 within the US. It’s projected that as many as 30 Vantage GT3s can be actively racing by the tip of the 2024 season.
This quick reputation is the very best endorsement for the AMR-built machine, which has already been seen in motion on the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and can be preventing for victory on the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours and – most iconic of all – the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this 12 months. The Vantage GT3 can even see motion in a bunch of nationwide GT championships across the globe – together with the Japanese Tremendous GT Championship and British GT Championship – underlining Aston Martin’s main position in world motorsport.
Via its varied generations since arriving on the world stage in 2012, the Aston Martin Vantage has persistently been a pressure to be reckoned with on the very highest ranges of GT racing. With an unbelievable 52 class wins – the primary of these scored on its WEC debut – and 11 world championship titles, plus a plethora of victories in a bunch of different nationwide and worldwide sequence, the Vantage title is synonymous with GT racing success. A convention the brand new Vantage GT3 is about to proceed.