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VIDEO: New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Spied Testing

Exclusive Footage: new Aston Martin Vantage GTE caught testing…

Aston Martin’s new GTE challenger has been spied testing, ahead of its expected competition debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

The new-for-2018 Vantage GTE car, featuring what’s believed to be a turbocharged AMG V8 powerplant, was caught testing recently at Rockingham Motor Speedway, in an exclusive video provided by an undisclosed source to Sportscar365.

Both the race car, and new road-going Vantage, which is also set to feature an AMG V8, is expected to be launched by the end of this year.

It’s understood a GT3 variant of the car is not due out until 2019, after initial considerations of a parallel launch.

The British manufacturer has been testing its new-generation Vantage since July and, along with all new or modified GTE/GT3 cars, must be presented to the FIA’s Balance of Performance test in Ladoux this month.

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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Big Robbo

    September 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Thank god its soundtrack hasn’t been messed with.

    • Smithfield

      September 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Definitely doesn’t sound as good as the N/A V8 but still sounds decent. I’m glad it’s loud *cough* BMW and Ferrari *cough*

  2. Travis McBee

    September 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Call me blind, but to me it looks like the new Toyota Supra.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Better than what I was gonna call it.

  3. JoeDirt

    September 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    AMR needs to field this for the 36hrs of Florida..

    • AudiTT

      September 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      The only hope is a customer.

      But like Porsche and Ferrari, manufacturers are focusing on selling GT3/GTD models in IMSA.

      • Mike D

        September 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        Since there’s no WEC until May (for 2018-2019 season) with Spa being the only race before Le Mans, I could see Aston Martin taking on Daytona & Sebring (or just the latter) with one car to get some racing/test miles in. Plus, with Sebring on the provisional WEC schedule for March 2019, they could get some data before going back. No guarantees, but it would make sense.

  4. Guest

    September 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Knew it wouldn’t have a V12, but it’s still sad to hear. Sounds like a Nascar.

    • Rob Lomas

      September 11, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      The Le Mans spec Aston Martin Vantage has always been a V8, unlike its predecessor, the DBR9, which had the V12.

      • Guest

        September 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

        That doesn’t mean it has to be.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Nascar sounds better

      • The Dude

        September 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Yeah, well, that’s just like, your opinion, man.

    • M. Schneider

      September 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Its not NASCAR and could be turbo and no noise so I will take it in a world of turbo now.

      • AudiTT

        September 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

        It is a turbo.

        • Mike S.

          September 12, 2017 at 2:14 am

          Awe crap. Nevermind wasnt aware it is twin turbo. Msy the raw noise of racing continue to die. Might as well just go all electric now.

      • Guest

        September 11, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        NASCAR with a turbo…

  5. David Chaste

    September 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    The current aston martin probably had a good 50 to 100 hp advantage on its competition at lemans. It has a faster rate of fuel flow just to keep up in pit stops, it had no business beating any of the cars in GTE Pro. Thats reall why no one is making any hype about them because it’s all over generous BoP, just like their championship last year.

    Now that they won lemans they figure they can justify the spend for this car. Meanwhile Corvette ferrari and porsche are on their 3 generation cars since the GT2 days.

    The aco/fia allow this because they’re a much smaller company than the others and have been around longer than the others.

    • Andrew

      September 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      What? The current Porsche was a brand new car this year. The Corvette debuted in 2014 and got a major update in 2016 based on the updated GTE rules. And the Ferrari was a brand new car for 2016. The Aston on the other hand debuted in 2008. Other than updates based on rule changes, that car is in its 10th year of competition.

      • David Chaste

        September 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        The aston gets more breaks than the others. The others spend a lot more but are relegated to competing and even loosing to the aston. No reward for doing their homework. I’m not in favor of the aston.

        • Andres

          September 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

          Wrong, in GTE/GTLM there are two teams that are over the rest in terms of professionalism, and they are Aston Martin Racing/Prodrive and Corvette Racing, and yes, maybe the BOP is a little in favor of the Vantage, but hey, maybe you did not see that they are in a partnership with Dunlop that paid off very well, and the rest are running with Michelin generic tires, and Astons use Dunlops specially designed for them, so that makes a big difference to take into account that maybe you are not taking

    • AudiTT

      September 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Prodrive are one of the best teams in the world.

      The car had some weight breaks, but all of the GTE’s produce very similar power.

      • daedalus

        September 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        the great thing about BOP is it allows smaller manufactures who could not afford to build new cars every few years a chance to win and be competitive. If there was no BOP Aston Martin would be priced out of GTE just like they were priced out of lmp1.

        the extra 50-100hp is nonsense, they were lighter and had maybe had 5-10hp extra but that’s about it. The updated aero kit on it allows it to be almost as fast as the other cars in the corners.

        • David Chaste

          September 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

          Its not just weight, its suspension tuning, internal aerodynamic design, refueling rig height, weight. Their overall package is 10 years old.

          Its like the current P2 cars against having a 2008 p2.

          • tracer

            September 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

            Suspension tuning? Internal aerodynamic design? Are you serious?

            GTE is a BOP class, as is GT3, GT4 and TCR. If you don’t like it, you and the rest of the BOP-bitch fest brigade can go to YouTube and watch footage of non-BOP GT racing from series which are all now defunct. BOP is the backbone of present and future GT racing at all levels. And for good reason. End of story.

      • David Chaste

        September 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm

        So are the other GTE/GTLM teams. There are no minions in that group.

    • tracer

      September 12, 2017 at 6:53 am

      🤦‍♂️

  6. AF

    September 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Shame it’s a an AMG block in the front as opposed to an Aston built engine. With the current GTE cars not being far off mid-2000s GT1 cars I had rather hoped for 12 cylinders.

  7. RobertB

    September 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    IMSA! IMSA! IMSA!

  8. tracer

    September 11, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Not quite the thumper that the current Vantage is, but the AMG V8 turbo sounds great (as expected).

  9. saichandra

    September 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

    really it is nice car i like this type of sports cars

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    September 16, 2017 at 1:52 am

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