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New Aston Martin GT3, GT4 Cars Break Cover at Le Mans

New Aston Martin Vantage GT3, GT4 cars break cover at Le Mans…

Photo: Aston Martin

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.

Photo: Aston Martin

Photo: Aston Martin

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

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. edo

    June 14, 2018 at 5:44 am

    The gt4 is really beautiful!

  2. Matt

    June 14, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Real race cars

    • Fake Matt

      June 14, 2018 at 8:53 am

      It’d be nice if they weren’t silent as a road car. It’d be even better if Aston made the DB11 it’s GTE/GT3 car, and the Vantage the GT4 car so fans could get some diversity…

      • Monoq

        June 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        I agree it should be made like BMW: M8 for GTE, M6 for GT3 and M4 for GT4.
        I was also hoping for a Audi R8 GT4 with a V8 engine but from a manufacturer’s point it’s easier to build a GT4 car based on an already race-proven GT3 car and engine.

  3. Prototype 1

    June 14, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Wow, both Astons look Fantastic, beyond compare. Its was worth the Wait.

    One Question, Is the AMR Festival going to be on YouTube?

  4. Mark

    June 14, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I still don’t get why they are using the horrible yellow on the GTE cars. The green looks MUCH better in my opinion….curious how many new customers will bite

  5. BirdBrick

    June 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

    With the GT3 not being homologated until March 2019, would it be able to run at Daytona next year?

  6. StueyB83

    June 14, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    GT4 front is simple clean and beautiful, despite the minimalist an uninspiring headlight design.

    The GT3 in contrast, has WAY too much going on – but functionality trumps beauty in this case. If they pushed back the leading edges of the intake splitters to make the font look like one uniform opening it would look so much better…

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