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New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Testing at Sebring; Lynn Tipped for Factory Drive

New Aston Martin Vantage GTE caught testing at Sebring…

Aston Martin’s new Vantage GTE has been spied testing at Sebring, ahead of its official unveil later this month.

The British manufacturer is undertaking a three-day test at the Florida airfield circuit with its 2018-spec Vantage, in what’s believed to further prove the car’s reliability prior to the start of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season.’

Despite its presence at Sebring, it’s understood the car is still scheduled to make its competition debut in the WEC season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps in May.

A team source indicated to Sportscar365 last week that an AMR-run program for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring is now unlikely, with all focus being put into the rollout of the new car.

Spy photos and video, courtesy of “fansofthe12hours”, however show the new-generation Aston Martin on Michelin tires instead of AMR’s current WEC tire partner Dunlop. 

The GTE car is expected to be formally presented on Nov. 21, alongside its road-going counterpart.

Lynn Tipped for Factory Drive

Sportscar365 also understands that Twelve Hours of Sebring winner Alex Lynn is among the drivers taking part in the test this week at Sebring.

Lynn, who won this year’s race in a Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, is believed to be in contention for a factory seat with the GTE-Pro squad next season.

The 24-year-old Englishman recently signed with DS Virgin Racing for a full-time drive in the FIA Formula E Championship, although there are no clashes between the WEC and Formula E next year.

Lynn is no stranger to AMR, having taken part in the Bahrain Rookie Test in 2016, although ultimately not having been chosen for a race seat this year.

The team has yet to indicate its driver lineup for the 2018/19 season.

Photo: fansofthe12hours

Photo: fansofthe12hours

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. tracer

    November 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Running on Michelins? Hmmm… 🤔

  2. Prototype 1

    November 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    2 car GTE Effort at Daytona and Sebring?

    • Anon

      November 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Read the article?

      “A team source indicated to Sportscar365 last week that an AMR-run program for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring is now unlikely, with all focus being put into the rollout of the new car.”

      • Prototype 1

        November 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

        Sorry Anon, the moment I saved it, I noticed that sentence.

        I now think that Aston Marin might not bring the new GTE car to Daytona ad Sebring, but they might do a GTD effort with 1 or 2 cars.

        • gtgianlu

          November 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm

          No new Gt3 until ’19

          • Prototype 1

            November 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

            I meant the current Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

  3. daedalus

    November 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    maybe imsa could cut them a deal with the insane manufacture fees that aston martin can not afford that keep them out of IMSA. For example cut the fee to $100k but only let them run in NAEC races. Hopefully there will be a GT3 version coming so it can at least run in PWC, Blancpain and IGTC.

  4. vanillchinchilla

    November 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Please someone just bring this car stateside!!!

    • Prototype 1

      November 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      As mush as I would love to see this car stateside, Sorry, but the article says the AMR-run program for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring is now unlikely.

      But they might do Daytona and Sebring with a 1 or 2 car effort in GTD. Maybe the entire NAEC.

      • John Dagys

        November 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

        No Aston Martin Racing effort, whatsoever (old GTE or even GTD) is expected for Daytona or Sebring.

      • MarcusM

        November 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

        You will see this new car in Sebring in march 2019 in WEC’s 12h race there

  5. Dave

    November 10, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Turbo engine John? Do you have any specs on it? Thanks

    • AF

      November 10, 2017 at 6:20 am

      4.0 Mercedes V8, twin turbo.

  6. JamieR

    November 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

    If Lynne is in the frame for a full-season effort, who is leaving/dropped? I doubt it would be either of the Danes, Turner is Mr AMR and Adam has had a decent season. Unless Lamy is leaving and Turner moves to the 98 Am car? Or one of the drivers moves into the TF sport entry?

    Interesting to see the Michelin Tyres. The Dunlops (and Dunlop-affiliated Daniel Serra) were big factors in the Le Mans win.

    A shame another great-sounding car is being replaced with an oversized-vacuum cleaner noise.

    • thomas

      November 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

      I’d go on a limb and say it is Richie Stanaway. He seems super keen on getting a drive in Australian touring cars

      • JamieR

        November 13, 2017 at 4:46 am

        Stanaway is not a full-season driver anyway.

  7. Jack

    November 10, 2017 at 10:51 am

    The old car sounded so much better. Do manufacturers not realize the huge marketing value a good sounding car has? Ferrari apparently does after the 488 embarrassment. The new 488 GTE that’s been testing sounds much better.

    • Pete

      November 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I tend to agree with this. It might sound silly on the surface, but I suppose there is some legitimate benefit to a car that sounds good. Look at Corvette Racing’s brand, they’re the most popular car everywhere they go (even the one time per year they go overseas), and everyone mentions the sound of the Corvette. Ford found a way to make a turbo V6 loud and distinctive, Porsche completely redesigned the new RSR’s exhaust only a few months into it’s maiden season, the updated 488 and new M8 sound much better than the cars they’re replacing,

      I like an AMG V8, but it certainly can’t beat the old plant.

  8. Brennan D. Houran

    November 10, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Front doesn’t look great. Not loud or growly enough. Makes me wish I appreciated the V12 GT1 more when it was current.

  9. mike cornwell

    November 11, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Ridiculous rear diffusers on GTE cars make otherwise great looking cars look silly. I know they increase downforce, but I’d rather they were a half a second a lap slower and looked like the car they are based on.

  10. JaymondoGB

    November 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Certainly doesnt sound as good as the current car, but I guess that’s progress.

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