Remember the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE we showed you back in November?
Well, the 530bhp+ beast is set to make its debut in 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season at the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps this week (May 3rd-5th).
This is important because the Vantage GTE is the first all-new GT car Aston Martin has introduced to the FIA WEC GTE category in seven years.
An extensive ten-month testing and development programme has seen the raucous racer cover 35,000km and 14 different circuits, including Donington Park, Snetterton and Monza.
As a result, Aston Martin Racing is confident that the Vantage GTE is competitive and reliable enough to repeat the team’s triumph at 2017’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Dan Sayers, Aston Martin Racing’s technical director, said every aspect of the Vantage GTE had been optimised for FIA WEC glory.
“I'm very proud of the car's reliability and performance out of the box, but there really hasn't been any time yet to look forward to going racing with it. Maybe there will be time to reflect after Spa,” he commented.
Vice president and chief special operations officer David King added: “The Super Season is going to be longer and tougher than any previous season, but the team have executed the development plan and pre-season testing clinically to be as ready as we can be for the debut of an all-new car.”
The raucous racer is largely based on the standard Vantage road car, using the same twin-turbo four-litre V8 and sitting on the same aluminium chassis.
However, power output has been cranked from 503bhp to more than 530bhp, while maximum torque is raised from 687Nm to 699Nm. In its standard form, the Vantage could get to 62mph in 3.6 seconds, so an extra 30bhp will only shorten that sprint.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, said: “Aston Martin has delivered a stunning racer; now it’s up to the drivers to bring back the goods.”
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