New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Le Mans challenger launched

British firm’s 2018 World Endurance Championship racer was developed alongside new Vantage road car

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the new Vantage GTE sports car that will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship (WEC) next season.

The GTE class machine was developed in parallel with the new Aston Martin Vantage road car, which was unveiled earlier today. It will replace the old Vantage GTE that has been run since 2012, taking 37 victories, including a pair of Le Mans class wins.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage revealed

The Vantage GTE has been developed by the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing squad, which has optimised the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics of the new road car. Aston says key goals included making the car easier to control on the limit, to boost its usability for gentleman drivers in the GTE Am class, and refining the AMG-developed four-litre turbocharged V8 from the road car.

The new Vantage GTE runs on Ohlins suspension, with bespoke Michelin tyres and a new braking system from Alcon. 

The team has already completed more than 8000 miles of testing, including a 30-hour test at the Navarra circuit in Spain. The test programme included British racer Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, who will stay with the team next year alongside Danish drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. Brit Alex Lynn, who has served as a development driver for Williams in Formula 1, will join the team.

The next World Endurance Championship is set to be a ‘super-season’ spanning 2018 and 2019, in order for the series to switch to a winter calendar format. The first race will be at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 5 May. Next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will be held on 16/17 June.

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Source: Autocar Online

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