Aston Martin Vantage GTE race auto revealed

Joanna Estrada
November 23, 2017

AML has done a decent job of letting you spec up a lot of detail on the new Vantage Configurator, with plenty of options to choose from, including a new palette including very "un-Aston" "in yer face" colours. However, it was actually the DB10 that took design inspiration from the Vantage.

However, with the Vantage, even more than the recently launched DB11, everything beneath the skin is essentially a cherry-picked selection of everything that's cutting-edge in terms of sportscar capability, starting with the engine.

Engineered by Aston Martin Racing based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the GTE has had more than 8,000 miles of testing, including two 30-hour tests at the Spanish circuit Navarra and track time at the Sebring Raceway in Florida.

The size (in liters) of the alloy-built, twin-turbo V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG.

It offers 375kW at 6000rpm and 680Nm of torque from 2000-5000rpm, sending it to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

And to ensure that drivers can make the most of that power, the vehicle comes with an electronic rear differential (something that only Ferrari and Mercedes had in their arsenals as recently as two years ago), torque vectoring to push power to the wheel that needs it most every millisecond, and a dynamic stability control system with adaptive damping. And that goes for creature comforts too, with a park assist system and an excellent infotainment system among its standard equipment.

Aston Martin has unveiled the new Vantage GTE auto that will race in next year's FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as confirming the signing of Alex Lynn to a factory seat for the 2018 season.

The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is a radical new look for the British automaker, especially when you put it side-by-side against the outgoing model.

Although you won't actually be able to take delivery of the new Vantage until 2018, it is already on sale at AML's dealers, and now you can go and configure you new auto (or, for most of us, your wish-list spec) with the new Vantage Configurator.

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