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 |  Nov 28 2011, 12:30 PM

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We’re getting close and closer to seeing one of the world’s best looking race cars in the flesh soon, as Aston Martin announced that they’ve begun testing their 6.0L V12 racecar with 600-hp.

In fact, the new Vantage GT3 has already logged over 620-miles in shakedown runs, preparing it to take on several race series including the FIA GT3 championships, Blancpain Endurance Series and the VLN Nürburgring Series.

The V12 Vantage GT3 is replacing the outgoing DBRS9 and weighs in at a scant 2,755-lbs. Aston Martin hopes to start delivering the race vehicle to teams in early 2012 with a cost of around half a million big ones.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

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 |  Aug 24 2011, 8:30 AM

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With a mix of elegance and brute force that only Aston Martin can provide, the British building of exotic cars has revealed its new GT3 class race car. Replacing the DBRS9, the V12 Vantage GT3 is based on the Vantage platform rather than the DB9′s, making for a shorter wheelbase and an engine that sits lower in the chassis.

Power comes from a modified version of the road car’s 5.9-liter V12 engine making 600-hp and around 516 lb-ft of torque, which makes it to the ground through an Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission. Weighing just 2,755 lbs, the V12 Vantage GT3 is eligible to compete in numerous international series and allows Aston Martin to boast that it is the only automaker with a race car available for ever GT class of racing.

Aston Martin will begin testing the new car in October with deliveries to teams in 2012. The cost? £298,000 or roughly half a million dollars.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

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