After much social media hype, Aston Martin launched its 2018 Vantage GTE, which will compete in the 2018-19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ with Aston Martin Racing after retiring the old Vantage after nearly a decade of service.
The Vantage GTE design team modelled on the new Vantage on its road counterpart and was spearheaded by technical director Dan Sayers.
“Designing and developing this new car has been an extremely satisfying process,” said Sayers told Racer Magazine.
“We’ve had a really close collaboration with the Aston Martin factory, effectively developing the road and race cars in parallel. Attention to detail is infinitely better, and we’ve moved forwards a long way in terms of mass versus stiffness and centre of gravity”.
The new Vantage features a turbo-charged AMG-derived V8, marking a big departure from the naturally-aspirated 480 bhp V8 and a philosophy that is being adopted among many manufacturers.
Aston Martin Racing have additionally made the switch to Michelin tyres after a late decision to move from Dunlop – a stalwart tyre partner throughout much of the Vantages WEC career.
Aston Martin Racing confirmed it’s drivers for the GTE program would be the regular trio of Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, plus new recruit and current DS Virgin Racing Formula E driver Alex Lynn.
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