Replacing the legendary Vantage V12 GT3!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.

Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Exterior

  • More aggressive design
  • Revised aerodynamics
  • Vents everywhere!
  • Big rear wing
  • Massive diffuser
  • Looks stunning!
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The Vantage GT3 is a seriously beefed-up version of the road-going coupe. It’s wider, it has a complex aerodynamic kit, and it’s significantly more aggressive front and rear. The concept is not entirely new though. Aston Martin already introduced the Vantage GTE and the GT3 is very, very similar.

Just like the GTE, the GT3 has a pointier nose compared to the road car, while the grille mesh was replaced by a couple of horizontal slats for a race-specific, open-grille design.

Aston Martin also separated the lower corners of the grille to make two additional vents and fitted a bigger splitter. The engine hood is also identical to the GTE-spec car, so it retains the shape of the road car but incorporates two massive vents on each side for improved cooling.

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The similarities continue onto the sides. The aero kit includes massive side skirts, significantly wider wheel arches front and rear, and modified quarter windows for fuel-cap duty. The standard side windows were replaced by lighter polycarbonate, while the side mirrors feature an aerodynamically optimized design. The side-exiting exhaust pipes round off the aggressive profile.

Around back, the race car retains everything from the road car save for the bumper, which was stripped off to make room for a massive diffuser.

The tall wing atop the deck lid seems identical to the GTE car. Actually, it’s hard to tell the two cars apart, which is unusual as GTE- and GT3-spec cars have notable differences.

All told, the Vantage GT3 is one gorgeous race car and will most definitely attract plenty of attention on the race track.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Interior

  • Loads of carbon-fiber
  • Bespoke instrument cluster
  • Race-spec center console
  • Cosworth technology
  • Carbon steering wheel
  • FIA-approved roll cage
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As usual, Aston Martin didn’t publish photos with the car’s interior at launch. This is common practice in the racing world and we’ll probably have to wait for the first race of the season to see something. However, GT3-spec cars are designed following strict rules so the cockpit isn’t much of a mystery. What’s more, we’ve already seen the inside of the GTE model and the GT3 should be about the same.

Needless to say, the GT3’s interior probably very little in common with the production car.

While the new Vantage is packed with luxury features, the GT3 probably ditched all of them in order to meet the safety rules laid by the FIA for the World Endurance Championship.

Like in the GTE, the roll cage probably spreads over the lower door panels and the roof, as well as behind the front compartment. The standard dashboard was replaced by a carbon-fiber shell, while the instrument cluster is probably just a simple display for vital information.

The center stack is probably gone too, replaced by a carbon-fiber console. Made by Cosworth in the GTE, it’s packed with loads of buttons, switches, and knobs. The center console is also made from carbon-fiber, as is the steering wheel. The latter should come with Alcantara grip sections, six buttons on each side, and additional knobs in the lower section.

A heavily bolstered seat should keep the driver in place during hard racing and cornering.

Of course, the GT3 might have a few extras or unique features compared to the GTE, but we won’t know more about that until we get a look inside the cockpit.

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8
  • Engine based on Mercedes-AMG unit
  • Around 500 horsepower?
  • Ohlins suspension system
  • Alcon braking system
  • Michelin tires
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Aston Martin had nothing to say about the car’s drivetrain either, but it’s safe to assume that most of it comes from the GTE race car.

The GT3 will hit the track with a version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that Aston Martin uses in the road-going Vantage and DB11.

The mill is sourced from Mercedes-AMG, as part of a deal signed with the German firm a few years ago, and shared with almost all AMG cars out there, including the GT sports car.

The engine in this car is probably based on that in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer, a coupe that the Vantage GT3 will meet in various European series. Much like in the GTE, the engine was probably optimized to the Vantage GT3’s aerodynamics. No word on output, but the V-8 should deliver at least 450 horsepower. The output depends on how much the car weighs, but again, there’s no info about that. This is a big change compared to the outgoing Vantage GT3, which features a V-12 engine.

The Vantage GT3 should ride on race-spec suspension system made by Ohlins and bespoke Michelin tires. Stopping power should come from Alcon brakes.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Engine And Performance Specs

Engine 4.0 liter twin turbo V-8
Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 505 LB-FT @ 2,000-5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel tank capacity 73 liters
Min Dry Weight 3,373 Lbs
Weight Distribution 50:50

Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Competition

2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The Vantage GT3 will face a long list of competitors in GT3 classes around the world. In the Blancpain series, it will go against the Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, and the Ferrari 488 GT3. Some teams also use the Lexus RC F GT3 or the old but still potent Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.Honda also launched a GT3 version of the NSX recently, while BMW races the M6 GT3 for two years now. Developed to replace the McLaren 650S GT3, the 720S GT3 is one of the very few race cars that’s actually brand-new. Finally, there’s the highly popular and highly successful Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Group GT3 now includes several series spread across Europe, North America, and Asia. Expect to see the Vantage GT3 in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup, Blancpain GT Sprint Cup, British GT Championship, FIA GT World Cup, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Conclusion

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The new Vantage GT3 has a big pair of shoes to fill. The old Vantage V12 GT3 has been around since 2012 and it managed to win quite a few races in GT3 classes all over the world. But thanks to its lighter and stiffer chassis as well as the much more efficient engine, the new Vantage GT3 should be able to at least match its predecessor’s performance on the track.

  • Leave it
    • Big shoes to fill
    • Heavy competition

References

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Two-door body style 2+0 seating

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

Aston Martin Racing will give the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 its Nürburgring Nordschleife race debut in round eight of the VLN Endurance Championship, a four-hour race which takes place on 6 October.

The event marks the first occasion the car, driven by three-times Le Mans class winner Darren Turner (GB) and 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours winner Maxime Martin (BEL), will have been matched against GT3 opposition.

The Vantage will race in full GT3 specification, but is not yet homologated, so will run in the VLN’s unique SPX class and hence will be subject to mandatory pitstops that are longer than those for the SP9 (standard GT3) entrants. The car is now at an advanced stage of development prior to its March 2019 homologation date, and the purpose of entering this race is to give Aston Martin Racing vital information as to its performance and durability in race conditions on what is considered the most challenging racing environment.

The Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 will be joined by two Nürburgring-based AMR Performance Centre prepared Vantages that will both feature works drivers. Turner will switch between the GT3 and a V12 Vantage he will share with German drivers Jürgen Kroner and Marco Müller. While Aston Martin Lagonda high performance test driver Chris Goodwin and Aston Martin Racing test and reserve driver Ross Gunn will share a Vantage GT4 as they begin the process of gaining their full VLN licenses for future programmes.

“It’s a great honour for me to be first to race the new Vantage GT3 at the Nürburgring,” said Turner. “The Nordschleife is like a spiritual home for GT racing so to be there at the start of a new programme is really special. It’s a circuit that presents a huge challenge for the cars and it’s where we need to be racing to find and extend the limits of the Vantage GT3. It’s always great to be a part of the early stages of a development process, and the fact that we are already taking it racing says a lot about its potential and the confidence we have in it. The early signs are that it is going to be race winner in the not too distant future.”

Maxime Martin added: “Last time we were there with the old car (the V12 Vantage GT3) we finished P4 so I can’t wait to find out what the new car can do. It’s a great challenge and being part of the development of the new car is awesome. In terms of what to expect, we have some basis of understanding from the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE version, so it will be interesting to see how the new car will react to this kind of track. There is so much going on at the Nordschleife with its mix of high and low speed corners and all the bumps. It is definitely the toughest track in the world. If the car is quick there, we can be sure it is fast everywhere.”

Aston Martin Racing President David King said: “This is the next necessary step in the development of the new Vantage GT3. The programme is now at an advanced stage and it is time to measure the car’s performance against those it is likely to come against in 2019. With our extensive experience of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it is the perfect place to test the car in a competitive environment as we sharpen areas of its development ahead of its homologation.”

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