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 by Richard Owen
engine V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front Longituidnal
valvetrain 4 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Inlet Camshaft Timing
displacement 4280 cc / 261.2 in³
bore 89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 86 mm / 3.39 in
power 283.4 kw / Not Available bhp
body / frame Aluminium Alloy, Steel, Composite & Magnesium Alloy Body over Bonded Aluminium Structure
driven wheels RWD w/Traction Control
front brakes Ventilated & Grooved Discs w/4-Piston Brembro Calipers
f brake size x 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Ventilated & Grooved Discs w/4-Piston Brembro Calipers
r brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Aluminium Wishbones w/Coil Over Monotube Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1570 kg / 3461 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1568 mm / 61.7 in
rear track 1562 mm / 61.5 in
length 4683 mm / 184.4 in
width 1866 mm / 73.5 in
height 1255 mm / 49.4 in
gear ratios :1
final drive Not AvailableNot Available:1