Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Aston Martin revealed details and specs of their new racing machine for the 2012 season, based on the V12 Vantage model.

The car replaces the DBRS9, but gets the same 600 bhp engine and drivetrain with sequential gearbox. But because the Vantage is smaller and has better aerodynamics, they say the performance will be remarkably better.

The new race car costs near as makes no difference 300 grand, GBP, and will be delivered in early 2012. But it certainly is one of the best looking racing cars and if the statistics are to be relied upon, just as good as its predecessor on the track.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 1 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

So if you thinking of ordering one, cheek out its specs here in Aston Martin’s press release:

Aston Martin confirms today the specification of the 2012 Vantage GT3 race car. As the natural successor to the enormously successful DBRS9, the new Vantage GT3 will offer customers the latest in race-car technology to ensure the Vantage GT3 has the credentials to compete with the most recent new product offerings from other manufacturers.

The Vantage GT3 features a modified version of Aston Martin’s production 6.0 litre V12 engine found in the marque’s highly acclaimed sports cars. The dry-sumped engine is expected to produce 600 bhp with 700 Nm of torque and its position has been optimised further to improve weight balance. A carbon fibre propshaft mates the engine to a Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

The Vantage GT3 benefits from Aston Martin’s V/H architecture philosophy, the modular chassis uses aerospace bonding techniques to create a light and immensely stiff aluminium and composite structure which not only aids handling on Aston Martin’s road cars but is also an ideal base for competitive race cars.

Most dramatic of all, are the new aerodynamics, contributing to a muscular and purposeful stance while maintaining the overall beauty of the V12 Vantage. The shorter wheel base and lower engine position over its predecessor will contribute to enhanced handling and performance. The new car will also provide enhanced driveability with the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems which are fitted to the V12 Vantage GT3 as standard.

The Vantage GT3 will be eligible for numerous race series around the world including the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT among others.

Aston Martin remains the only manufacturer to offer a race car for every GT class firmly cementing it as a global forerunner in race car production. The new Vantage GT3 is being developed to replicate and indeed surpass the superb track record of the DBRS9.

Aston Martin has sold 24 DBRS9s and customer teams have accumulated many race podiums and victories over the past six years including 2009 Winner Teams Championship, and Winner Manufacturers Championship for Hexis Racing and as recently as a 2011 GT Open race win at Spa for Villois Racing.

Testing of the new car will commence in October, where the Vantage GT3 will undergo a comprehensive sign-off durability test including a 10,000 km test programme. Deliveries of the first cars will commence in early 2012. Prices start from £298,000.

About the V12 Vantage

The V12 Vantage road car was launched in 2009 and is the fastest and most agile Vantage ever; it is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range. Featuring the marque’s 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp, it combines muscular power with purposeful, striking and functional styling hinting at its performance capabilities. The V12 Vantage fuses race-derived technology with the everyday usability associated with a modern Aston Martin.

V12 Vantage GT3 Specification


–           Lightweight V12

–           Dry sump oil system

–           Engine repositioned to optimise weight distribution

–           Target power 600 bhp

–           Target torque 700 Nm


–           Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission

–           Racing clutch

–           Limited slip ramp/plate differential

–           Easily accessible drop gears

–           Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change

–           Carbon fibre propshaft


–           Lightweight aluminium chassis

–           Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards

High speed pneumatic jack system


–           Hydraulic power assisted steering

–           Quick release steering wheel


–           Double wishbone suspension arms front

and rear with uniball bearings

–           2-way adjustable dampers front and rear

–           Optimsed geometry for lower race ride height

Fuel system

–           110 litre fuel cell to FIA safety standards

–           Twin quick release couplings

–           Fuel cell location optimised for performance and safety

(behind the driver’s seat, inside the safety roll cage)


–           6 pot front calipers

–           Ventilated front brake disc

–           4 pot rear caliper

–           Ventilated rear brake disc

–           Floor mounted pedal box

–           Manually adjustable front/rear brake bias

–           Adjustable motorsport ABS


–           12.5″ x 18″ front

–           13″ x 18″ rear


–           Front 30/68-18

–           Rear 31/71-18


–           Steering wheel mounted controls

–           Driver display / data logger / shift lights / beacon

–           6-point safety harness

–           Adjustable steering position

–           Adjustable seat position

–           Adjustable pedal box position

–           Light weight battery

–           Carbon fibre dash

–           Fire extinguisher system


–           Front splitter

–           Adjustable full width carbon fibre rear wing

–           Aerodynamically optimised bumpers, fenders and sills


–           Target dry weight 1250kg

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