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Aston Martin has updated its Vantage GT4 race car for the 2012 season, with the revamped model making its debut this past week at Silverstone for some shakedown runs.
Sporting a new aerodynamic body kit with a carbon fiber rear spoiler, the Vantage GT4 will also make an appearance at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show for race enthusiasts to enjoy. The carbon rear spoiler is the first time it has ever been seen on the Vantage GT4 race car, which we have to admit looks a little out of place, but is certainly a necessity for the race car.
Inside, Aston Martin redesigned the roll cage to increase legroom for the driver, while the fuel tank has also been moved to lower the vehicle’s overall center of gravity. It appears that the powerplant will remain untouched from its 2011 update, retaining the 4.7L V8.
GALLERY: Aston Martin Vantage GT4
British luxury sports car brand Aston Martin will make its debut in the Grand-Am series on January 27th, as it prepares to take part in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), which will be held at the Daytona International Speedway.
For its return to North American racing, Aston Martin has teamed up with Multimatic Motorsports, which are based in Toronto, Canada. The lead car in this endurance race will be driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster, while the second car will be piloted by Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who has proven over the years that he is a very accomplished racing driver. For this inaugural event, Dempsey will be teamed-up with Chriss Porritt, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, who is very experienced with the Vantage GT4.
The first round of the CTSCC will be run in support of the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and this support race will run for two and a half hours, with a mandatory driver change. The Aston Martin team will be competiting in the Grand Sport Category, which features six and eight cylinder cars. Aston’s main rival will most certainly be the Audi R8 LMS, which is in the same class.
With experienced drivers and the combined talents of Aston Martin and Multimatic Motorsports, this team will certainly be among the favorites to take the race win. We only have to wait a few days to find out.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Aston Martin‘s design director, Marek Reichman, and their engineering manager, Chris Porritt, will be competing in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge on August 21st at Oulton Park. The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge is a one-make race series created by the British exotic car maker.
This will be Reichman’s first real event in a Vantage GT4, despite being part of the design team with Aston Martin’s race cars including the LMP1. “The design team has been closely involved in the design of all our race cars, from the works LMP1 prototype to the Vantage GT4,” Reichman said, “but I’ve always longed to get even more closely involved and the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge provides the perfect introduction to GT4 racing for me.”
His co-driver will be Chris Porritt, Aston Martin’s engineering manager. Porritt has experience behind the wheel of a GT4-spec Aston, especially on Nurburgring, and Oulton Park is his home track. Though he’s never raced a GT4 car at Oulton Park, we’re going to guess that he’ll acclimate rather quickly.
We wish our work allowed us to race really expensive cars around on the track… oh wait, it does!
GALLERY: Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Series