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Aston Martin previews the 2011 Vantage GT4 race car

By Rigval on 02 Dec 2010

Another year, another racing Aston Martin. This time around it has previewed their revised for 2011 Vantage GT4 that will compete in various GT races around the world. The Vantage GT4 variants have to date competed in the FIA GT4 class races like the 24hour endurance races at the Nurburgring, Dubai and at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. It also competes in its own one make series, making this Vantage racing program a very profitable race car program for Aston Martin.

The Vantage GT4 isn’t all that different from the road going Vantage V8. It has the same 4.7liter V8 engine but the engine gets a remap offering more power than the standard 420bhp/470Nm Torque it currently makes. Aston Martin is still silent on the figures at the moment but the engine should give better throttle response than before.

The changes to the bodywork aren’t radical. The Vantage GT4 gets some aerodynamic aids in the form of a revised flat underfloor (which channels more air to the transmission oil cooler) as well as the front splitter/bumper, rear bumper with a larger rear diffuser and bootlid spoiler from the larger engine road going Vantage V12. It also gets the Vantage V12’s rear light cluster. So basically, this is a slightly tuned Vantage V8 running the Vantage V12’s clothes and it has a roll cage, racing tires and other racing safety equipment.

The Vantage GT4 race car can now be specified with the option of having a Bosch ABS system and traction control instead of just being a pure, mechanical-human control interface. Some like the pure ABS-less, traction control-less feel but some, being affluent businessmen who just like to indulge in motorsport would feel the need of having these systems. I suppose this is to cater for the one make Vantage GT4 racing series more than for the more ‘serious’ FIA GT4 championships.





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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



 
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