2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2

04/01/2008 – Aston Martin Racing has revealed the first impressions of its new GT2 racing car.

Known as the Vantage GT2, the new car is based on the V8 engined Aston Martin Vantage road car. The new car will mean Aston Martin is the only manufacturer to offer cars in every GT racing category: GT1 – DBR9; GT2 – Vantage GT2; GT3 – DBRS9; GT4 – Vantage N24.

For the first time, Aston Martin Racing is designing this car to run on either standard race fuel or E85 bio-ethanol (where regulations allow). In 2007, Aston Martin Racing successfully converted a standard DBRS9 to run on E85.

Robin Brundle, Aston Martin Racing’s new managing director, said: ”The new Vantage GT2 completes our product portfolio for 2008 with competitive cars now available in every category. Thanks to our experience with the DBRS9, we have been able to develop a bio-ethanol fuelled version, which will be eligible to compete in an increasing number of series now accommodating this greener fuel, including the American Le Mans Series.”

Aston Martin chairman, David Richards, will be announcing Aston Martin Racing’s 2008 plans at the Autosport International show on Thursday 10 January at 10.45 am.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineV8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionFront Longituidnal
valvetrain4 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Inlet Camshaft Timing
displacement4280 cc / 261.2 in³
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke86 mm / 3.39 in
power283.4 kw / Not Available bhp
body / frameAluminium Alloy, Steel, Composite & Magnesium Alloy Body over Bonded Aluminium Structure
driven wheelsRWD w/Traction Control
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
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll 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
gear ratios:1
final driveNot AvailableNot Available:1