2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE to mount Le Mans assault

2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE to mount Le Mans assault

First footage of AMG-powered British racer caught; it will compete in next year’s 24 Hour race

Aston Martin has begun on-track testing of its new Vantage GTE racer as it bids to complete the models’ development ahead of the 2018 World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Utilising the same 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 as its soon to arrive road going sibling, the GTE will be the brand’s first racing model to feature AMG power.

The road car is predicted to have 500bhp, but the racer’s output may differ due to technical regulations that enforce the balancing of performance between rival models.

The Vantage GTE will go up against the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTE, Ford GT GTE and fellow new arrival, the BMW M8 GTE in the WEC, of which the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the crowning round.

Aston Martin is yet to comment on its future racing model, but it’s likely to replace the outgoing Vantage as the factory’s competition machine of choice, after five years in service.

Both the racing and road versions of the new Vantage are due to be launched later this year. The Vantage road car will also eventually be made available with Aston Martin’s new turbocharged V12 engine, produced in house and first featured in the DB11.

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Source: Autocar Online

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