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Aston Martin Reveals New Vantage GTE

Aston Martin Racing reveals new-for-2018 Vantage GTE for FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’…

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Aston Martin Racing revealed on Tuesday the new-generation Vantage GTE it will campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship beginning next season.

It is based on the new Vantage road car, unveiled earlier in the day, and will make its race debut in the WEC next year.

The new car, which features a Mercedes-AMG four-liter turbocharged V8 engine, has already completed more than 8,000 miles of testing including a 30-hour run at Navarra and further outings at Sebring.

“Designing and developing this new car has been an extremely satisfying process,” said Aston Martin Racing technical director Dan Sayers.

“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 optimizing 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.”

The Vantage GTE will make its race debut in the WEC season-opening round at Spa-Francorchamps in May next year ahead of running the full ‘Super Season.’

“It’s terrific to be involved in this exciting new chapter for Aston Martin Racing,” said AMR managing director John Gaw.

“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 tantalizing.

“To conduct the development process of this car so closely with Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams was essential for both road and race car to retain the same underlying DNA.

“We believe the Vantage GTE will bring further success worldwide to Aston Martin Racing in the coming years.”

Switch to Michelin Confirmed

As revealed by Sportscar365 last week, Aston Martin has confirmed its switch Michelin tires after two seasons on Dunlops.

It had been the only manufacturer running on Dunlop rubber in the GTE-Pro class this year.

The car had conducted its initial development on Dunlops prior to a switch to the French tire giant in recent weeks.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake



  1. Josh

    November 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I don’t know which is uglier. This or the McLaren.

    • jason

      November 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Disagree 100%. Its a good look. Biggest bummer is that it won’t be at the 24 hours of Daytona. Aston Marin used to have a huge presence in the ALMS. In the unified IMSA series…Not so much. Scared of getting whooped up in GTLM eh?

      • daedalus

        November 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        the pay to play IMSA fees are the reason there is no Astons in IMSA (either GTE or GTD), I’m sure they are the ones that would do the wooping given their form this year in WEC if they could run in GTLM.

    • Josh

      November 22, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Agree Always been fan but this one is ugly

  2. Parker

    November 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Wish that AMR would have gone with a traditional British Racing Green instead of the neon green. That, or silver or quantum like the past couple of Bond cars.

    • NASCAR/DPs Suck

      November 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Agreed, those classic colors are what belong on the works cars.

    • Prototype 1

      November 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Also Argreed, this livery is good, but not great.

      I prefer this the British Racing Green.

  3. Matt

    November 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  4. GrimBrother One

    November 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Absolutely love it. Purposeful, menacing, brilliant.

  5. Headlight Rankings

    November 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    The headlights just kill the look of this car.

    • Change it up

      November 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

      I think my Ford Fusion headlights look better than this. Actually the entire font end just looks awful. Though the rest of the car looks amazing!

  6. fourloko

    November 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    maybe this one wont need 80kg bop advantage

  7. Anonymous

    November 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Wow! Now that’s beautiful, just wish it was British Racing Green, I just hope it’s as fast as it is beautiful. How much Aston? I want one!

  8. quattro

    November 21, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I guess there is a typo about Mercedes AMG, or for real…

    • Binky

      November 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      It’s not a typo.

  9. Davy

    November 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    It doesn’t have the typical high class Aston Martin look, but it’s not bad otherwise. I don’t know why they don’t use the DB11 as the base model instead.

    Anyway, this is what proper preparation looks like, they’ve already done over 8k milea of testing before debut. Not like those embarrassing LMP1 efforts that haven’t ran a single mile yet but are supposed to provide competition for Toyota.

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