The Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racing Car Is Already Here

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The GTE class machine was developed in parallel with the new Aston Martin Vantage road vehicle, which was unveiled earlier today. He added, "This is a golden era for GT racing and today's launch of the new Vantage GTE wil ensure that Aston Martin Racing remains at the forefront of the world's greatest endurance series".

Industry observers suggest a V12 version of the auto is likely to launch later, but not a hybrid as Aston Martin's already announced plans to offer electrified versions of all its cars are scheduled from 2025, suggesting the next generation of Vantage will be the first with electric power. Instead, the Vantage is the most popular Aston Martin, and as the best-selling model in the British producer's line-up, it is a heavily anticipated auto.

It's not style over substance though, aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design.

Vantage is a namesake that has been around for seven decades in Aston Martin beginning in 1951 with the high-output engine option for the DB2. Aston Martin has however added their own touch to it, curving the strip over the rear deck lid to the give the auto an aggressive and wide stance.

The design blends elements of both the DB10 James Bond auto (from the movie Spectre) and the hardcore Vulcan - Aston's track-only hypercar.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racing Car Is Already Here
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE Racing Car Is Already Here

Active panels have been shunned for aerodynamic performance being provided by a front splitter and rear diffuser directing airflow underneath the auto, creating low pressure air.

The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports auto cockpit. It takes the design language of the DB11- like its rear wheel arches that are flared in a way that's simultaneously lovely and aggressive depending on the viewing angle-and translates it into a two-seater sports vehicle.

Under the hood you'll find a by 4.0-litre, 685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission. Here, it produces 503 horsepower.

It sends power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission (sorry, no manual transmission is available...yet) and electronic torque-vectoring limited slip differential capable of 100 percent lockup. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and flawless 50:50 weight distribution, the high performance, and high efficiency engine will do the 0-100 km/h 3.6 seconds, and keeps the fun going until 310 km/h. This differential is linked to the car's electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car's behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine's power to the relevant wheel. As a result the vehicle feels more planted both in terms of straight-line stability and cornering performance.

Meet the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE race vehicle, which makes its debut just hours after we finally got to check out the 2018 Vantage street auto. The stitched leather interior though-that's all Aston. The price sits comfortably at €154.000.

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