Aston Martin and Gulf Announce Winner of LeMans Livery Contest
A few months ago, Aston Martin and Gulf decided to hold a competition, encouraging aspiring auto designers to design one of the cars that the British automaker will be enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.
It took some time for a winner to be announced, but now the British marque has one after naming Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK, as the ultimate winner.
The Gulf livery designed by Wesley on the #97 Vantage GTE will be used to compete at Le Mans this weekend. As part of design triumph, Wesley will be invited by Aston Martin to be a VIP guest during the famed race.
If it isn’t enough for Wesley to have front row seats to watch Le Mans, he gets to do so while watching the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, whose livery he himself designed, compete in race’s 90th installment.
Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Designed and developed to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Aston Martin Vantage GTE was built to full racing-specs to help it go toe-to-toe with some of the best race cars on the planet.
It certainly has the tools to do so, especially under the hood where the car keeps the same V-8 engine as in the road-going version, but delivers more than 600 horsepower and more than 515 pound-feet of torque with a 4.7-second 0-to-60 sprint time and a 180 mph top speed.
The engine is mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle-shift gear change and racing clutch.