Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE
Aston Martin Racing has revealed the new Vantage GTE: the spectacular new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team’s most successful competition car of all-time, the multiple Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE.
Built to comply with the FIA’s strict GTE class regulations, the new Vantage GTE takes the road car’s core design and dynamic capabilities to a whole new level through extensive optimisation of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics.
Designed and engineered in-house at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, the project is led by Technical Director Dan Sayers, who also led the design and development of the current V8 Vantage GTE - the car credited with 36 of the team’s 50 international race victories, including two Le Mans 24 Hour class wins.
Together with Aston Martin Racing’s engineers, the factory
drivers have worked hard to optimise the drivability and performance of the
base Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine, that has been developed for
use in the Vantage GTE application by Aston Martin Racing. Aston Martin Racing
is working with new technical partners: Alcon for the braking system, Öhlins
for the suspension and Michelin for a bespoke tyre programme to maximise the
performance of the Vantage GTE.
Aston Martin Racing Technical Director, Dan Sayers said of the 2018 Vantage GTE: “Designing and developing this new car has been an extremely satisfying process. We’ve collaborated closely with the Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters to develop the road and race cars in parallel. Attention to detail has been a priority at every step of this process and we’ve made big improvements in each area of the car. We’ve spent every second optimising the design right until the build of our test car, which has paid dividends during our current testing schedule. This project has been one of the most intensive but also rewarding of my career so far”.
Managing Director, Aston Martin Racing John Gaw said, “It’s terrific to be involved in this exciting new chapter for Aston Martin Racing. The increasingly tough competition in the GTE class and the prospect of two visits to Le Mans and a return to Sebring within the 2018/19 super-season is thoroughly tantalising. We believe the Vantage GTE will bring further success worldwide to Aston Martin Racing in the coming years”.