This year is certainly shaping up to be a busy one for Aston Martin Racing, the official motorsports division of the British sports car manufacturer.
Having already announced a new Vantage-based GTE
for endurance racing, as well as a Vantage GT4 Grand-Am racer
, Aston Martin Racing has now unveiled its regular 2012 Vantage GT4 car.
The changes are designed to reflect the updates made on the latest 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
road car, and include an all-new aerodynamic package plus further improvements to the roll-cage and fuel tank.
The re-designed roll-cage conforms to the latest FIA regulations and improves access and legroom, while the mid-mounted fuel tank helps lower the center of gravity for better weight distribution. The fuel tank’s twin quick-fill entries in the rear quarter-lights are directly carried over from the recently launched 2012 Vantage GT3
The Vantage GT4 also benefits from the road car’s exceptionally rigid bonded aluminum chassis, basic suspension design and 4.7-liter V-8 engine.
For the first time, the Vantage GT4 gets a carbon fiber rear wing, which works in conjunction with a larger front splitter to increase downforce.
Speaking at the new car’s reveal at the Silverstone race track over the weekend, John Gaw, the chief of Aston Martin Racing said, “We have taken the opportunity to make some quite dramatic aerodynamic enhancements to the Vantage GT4, which will close the performance gap between this entry level GT car and the GT3. We are about to sell our 100th Vantage GT4 and since its launch it has been one of the most successful cars in its class; the Vantage GT4 and its predecessor, the Vantage N24, scored many 24 Hour race class victories, the 2010 European GT4 Cup title and also back-to-back championship victories in the Nürburgring VLN series in 2010 and 2011.”
Pricing starts at £119,500 (approximately $190,000).