What happens when you blend the street-savviness of a roadster with the adrenaline-fuelled spirit of a racecar? The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 carries both elements with enough dignity and finesse to warrant a place in any luxury car collection. In the automaker’s own words, the Vantage GT3 “has been designed from the ground up to offer customers the latest in race-car technology and embraces all the experience Aston Martin Racing has learnt from years of engineering and competing in international sports car racing.”
Wow, that’s certainly a mouthful. But make no mistake, beneath this street legal beauty is a beast that’s at home on the road or on the racetrack. To give it that extra burst of speed when it counts, the designers have done their best to trim as much weight as possible from the Vantage GT3. The entire vehicle including its interior, save for the for the doors, is made from carbon fibre, allowing for a much lighter weight than your conventional sports car. If you’re curious, the combined weight of all that carbon fibre components is a mere 1,565 kg. Building on that, the car’s curved silhouette and its low and wide profile also lends well to aerodynamics, all the better to speed ahead of the competition.
Speaking of competition, the Vantage GT3 has proven itself a winner in numerous of races thanks to its new iteration of the marque’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, capable of generating up to 600 horsepower. In just 2012 alone, the GT3 scored two championship wins, 18 race wins and 30 podium finishes in races such as the International GT Open, British GT, Japanese Super GT, Brazilian Endurance, Le Mans Festival and the Malaysian Super Series, just to name a few.
At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin proudly unveiled a special edition of this award-winning vehicle. Limited to just 100 units, each one was designed and engineered at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England. “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin…. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer. “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise,” he added, “and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel, whether on the road or on the track.”
Some 100 soon-to-be owners have already placed their orders for the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and deliveries are expected to begin later this year. CS