Aston Martin’s new Vantage GT3 and GT4 models have broken cover at Le Mans, with the GT3 contender set for a surprise competition debut in this weekend’s Michelin Aston Martin Racing Festival.
The British manufacturer, which confirmed plans for new-generation Vantages last month, presented both turbocharged models for the first time, ahead of customer deliveries for 2019.
Aston Martin Racing factory driver Ross Gunn will drive the GT3-spec Vantage in Saturday’s 45-minute Festival race, which features more than 35 Aston Martins including a V12-powered Vulcan.
Meanwhile, the GT4-spec machine, which will not race in the Festival this weekend, was unveiled Thursday morning by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and Executive VP Marek Reichman.
It will be on display in the Race Festival paddock this weekend.
“Driveability and a wide operating window remain key targets for us as we develop the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 racing cars,” said Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw.
“The fact that our customers can still purchase the V12 Vantage GT3 and be competitive seven years after it was introduced is a fantastic legacy to build on, and the new cars will take this concept on in leaps and bounds.
“The current GT3 is very popular with customers, and there is a desire to spread our marketplace to more championships and at a high level, and from the expressions of interest that we have seen so far I believe we are on track to do that.”
The official unveils follows confirmation of Paul Dalla Lana’s planned campaign in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona with a GTE or GT3-spec Vantage, which would mark the platform’s North American debut.
It’s understood existing customer teams, including TF Sport and Beechdean, have also placed orders for the new-gen cars.