Upgraded racer now draws inspiration from Aston's V12 Vantage road car

Aston Martin has revised its successful GT4 racer for 2011, a car that now draws some styling and aerodynamic inspiration from the firm’s road-going V12 Vantage road car.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4, closely related to the V8 road car, is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine that’s been remapped for 2011 to offer increased levels of power and torque, although exact figures haven’t been released by Aston.

See the official pics of the revised Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Despite its V8 Vantage bodywork and aluminium chassis, the racer now benefits from aerodynamic and downforce improvements inspired by the V12 road car. It gets the V12’s larger boot ‘flip’ that works together with a new carbonfibre diffuser (also from the V12 Vantage) and rear underfloor to increase downforce.

The new underfloor also channels increased levels of air to the transmission oil cooler.

Design wise, it also gets the V12 Vantage’s front bumper and splitter, rear bumper and clear rear lights.

Read more on Aston's new lightweight road-going Vantage

Other new-for-2011 features include an optional Bosch ABS and traction control system to boost performance in both wet and dry conditions.

The Aston Vantage GT4 has scooped GT4 class honours in 24 hour races at the Nurburgring, Dubai and Spa, as well as competing in its own one-make series.

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26 November 2010

I expect that this was always on the cards as they are racing in GT4 class and they are learning from Porsche that you can never have too many different variants of the same car.

26 November 2010

So, there going racing again?,still haven't got the car to beat the Corvette though, have they?, i'd have thought the 1-77 would've been a better proposition?, good PR and all that?.

Peter Cavellini.

26 November 2010

Attractive.

But ban the ABS and TC on a race car!!!

:-(

26 November 2010

[quote david RS]But ban the ABS and TC on a race car!!![/quote] It's only a GT4 car, a class designed for amateurs mostly.

26 November 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]So, there going racing again?,still haven't got the car to beat the Corvette though, have they?, i'd have thought the 1-77 would've been a better proposition?, good PR and all that?[/quote] Aston Martin have been "racing again" since 2005, they're the only manufacturer to offer official, factory-developed cars for all the current FiA/ACO GT classes (GT1, GT2/GT-E, GT3 and GT4), plus there's their ongoing LMP1 activities. Corvette only officially race in GT2/GT-E and although the V8 Vantage isn't quite a match for the thundering, yellow 'Vettes, it's coming on very nicely and has won a race in GT Open and very nearly won the LMS Silverstone 1000Km this year. The One-77 is too specialised to be the basis for a race car, that's more of an engineering/design exercise than a consumer product. Next year's new LMP1 car will feature marketing-led design cues from the One-77 though, so you're right in that respect. The V8 Vantage GT4 (and the N24 before it) is already one of the very best GT4 cars available (and there are many), so this update will probably make it the class of the field.

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