2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24

London, 18 July – Aston Martin announced today at the British International Motor Show that the V8 Vantage which recently competed at the 24-hour endurance race at the Nürburgring will be made available to customers in limited numbers.

The factory prepared Aston Martin V8 Vantage took its place in the company’s history books after finishing 24th overall at the race, among a field of largely motorsport-homologated cars last month.

Now customers will be able to order examples of the same car, which will be built to order at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters from August.

The V8 Vantage is almost entirely production standard, including the engine and transmission. The only modifications made – for safety and pit-lane efficiency – include a full mandatory safety cage, special fuel tank and fire system, racing seat, and built-in air jacks.

As the Vantage remains production standard, it can still be made road legal, allowing customers to drive from home and race at the track – as did the Vantage which completed the 24-hour endurance race in Germany in June.

Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, said: ”The race marked a real achievement for both the car and the team – and to celebrate this we wanted to make the car available to customers who are motorsport enthusiasts wanting to participate in amateur racing.”

Prices will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but are expected to be close to the price of the standard production car, which starts at 82,800 GBP ($113 200 USD). Story by Aston Martin

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$113 000 USD
engineV8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionFront Longituidnal
valvetrain4 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Inlet Camshaft Timing
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke86 mm / 3.39 in
power283.4 kw / 380 bhp @ 7000 rpm
bhp/weight242.04 bhp per tonne
torque410 nm / 302.4 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frameAluminium Alloy, Steel, Composite & Magnesium Alloy Body over Bonded Aluminium Structure
driven wheelsRWD w/Traction Control
front tires235/45 ZR18 Bridgestone Potenza
rear tires275/40 ZR18 Bridgestone Potenza
front brakesVentilated & Grooved Discs w/4-Piston Brembro Calipers
f brake sizex 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakesVentilated & Grooved Discs w/4-Piston Brembro Calipers
r brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Rollo Bar
r suspensionDouble Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Rollo Bar
curb weight1570 kg / 3461 lbs
wheelbase2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track1568 mm / 61.7 in
rear track1562 mm / 61.5 in
length4683 mm / 184.4 in
width1866 mm / 73.5 in
height1255 mm / 49.4 in
transmissionMid-Mounted 6-Speed Graziano Manual Gearbox
gear ratios3.154:1, 1.974:1, 1.435:1, 1.148:1, 0.935:1, 0.775:1, :1
final drive3.909:1
top speed~281.6 kph / 175.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.9 seconds
0 – 100 mph~11.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.2 seconds