250 nine-piece sets of Aston Martin's handmade WEC flag badges are to go on sale, priced at £3750 each
Jimi Beckwith
14 November 2016

Aston Martin will sell a limited run of 250 badge collections, with WEC racing badges from its V8 Vantage GTE cars. 

Each collection comprises nine badges, with each badge bearing the flag colours of each country the cars have raced in as part of the 2016 World Endurance Championship

Read about our experience helping to make the badges with Aston Martin here

Each badge was hand-crafted in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, and are made on a bed of copper. Enamel is used for the colours, which fill the 42 segments of the wings of the badge; these are usually white on normal production cars. The nine badges are mounted in a white frame.

A different design for each of the nine badges is used to signify the flag of each country Aston Martin participated in: Belgium, Germany, France, the UK, the USA, China, Mexico, Japan, and Bahrain. 

Read our review of the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 here

The cars which have the badges are based on the standard V8 Vantage, albeit with motorsport upgrades. Aston Martin Racing puts the Vantage GTE’s power output at more than 480bhp, with in excess of 369lb ft of torque. The 6 Hours of Bahrain is the final race in Aston Martin’s WEC campaign this year and takes place on 19 November. 

The badge sets go on sale online, at Aston Martin dealers and Aston Martin’s Mayfair boutique today, and cost £3750. 

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14 November 2016
Is the Vantage one of the best ever GT cars? Of course, as with any racing car the Vantage has tweaks and modifications as the years go on, but the car is over 10 years old and yet it remains completely competitive and still wins races, particularly in the WEC where all its rivals are years younger. Sure, the original 911 'classic' soldiered on for over 30 years in racing but at the top level, I don't think its achievements were as great. Unless you count the 934 and 935 as 911s! Just a thought anyway.

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