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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
Aston Martin will retire its DB9-based DBRS9 GT3-class race car, replacing it with the new Vantage GT3 in competition next year. Based on the V12 Vantage road car (above), it will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, and use a paddle-shift Xtrac gearbox. Aston Martin claims engine output will exceed 600-hp with over 516 lb-ft of torque, and the car will weight around 2,755 lbs.
“The DBRS9 has been a very successful GT3 racing car and, despite being more than six years old, is still competitive today,” said John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director. “However, the competition has moved on and we needed to create a new car that combines our six years’ experience in this category with the latest race technology to continue Aston Martin’s success in GT3 for many years to come.”
Aston Martin Racing will complete the first Vantage GT3 car this July and then begin testing it, with ten customer cars being prepared for the 2012 racing season.
The Vantage GT3 joins the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1 and the AMR-One LMP1 in Aston Martin’s impressive motorsports lineup.
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