What Makes the Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 a Natural Winner?
There is no doubt that Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 is one of the most popular and successful GT3 cars of the 2010s. The Vantage V12 GT3 is the latest race car in a long list of Aston Martin’s endurance racers and one of the best vehicles of its kind on the grid. During its short career, it has won many championships and has achieved a lot of podium finishes all over the world.
GT racing heritage in 21st-century form
The Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 was introduced in 2012 as a replacement for the aging Aston Martin DBRS9. Regarding the success of the DBRS9, the expectations were high for the Vantage V12 GT3, but the new car delivered what it had promised, and more. In its first year, the Vantage V12 GT3 has won two championship titles, scored 18 race wins and more than 30 podium finishes in the various competitions like British GT, ADAC GT Masters, Japanese Super GT, International GT Open, Brazilian Endurance, Britcar 24 Hour and the Le Mans Festival. In 2013 and 2014, the Vantage GT3 continued to score victories and podium finishes in various racing series around the world.
Best racing technology
For the 2015 season, Aston Martin introduced a new and slightly improved Vantage V12 GT3, continuing the line of famous race cars. As his name says, the Vantage V12 GT3 has a V12 engine, displacing 6.0 liters and delivering over 600 bhp and over 700 Nm of torque. This unit is already known since it was used in other Aston’s race cars such as DBRS9 or Vantage GTE. However, for 2015 season every aspect of the car is improved but the basic specification and construction are the same.
Perfect weight distribution
The car has a perfect weight distribution (50:50) due to the position of the engine and rear transaxle gearbox. The engine is dry-sumped and thanks to the performance balancing the Vantage V12 GT3 it does not require expensive yearly upgrades to maintain its competitiveness. Besides the engine, an interesting part of the car is carbon fiber prop shaft which is mated to Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission. This combination allows high RPM and a small weight of the parts, which totals at 1250 kilograms for the whole car with perfect weight balance.
Aston Martin Vantage is popular among private teams
The Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 is very popular with smaller private teams and it costs around 360.000 euros which are similar to the prices of other GT3 cars in that class. The Vantage V12 GT3 can be seen in every major endurance championship and biggest series in Europe is Blancpain Endurance where two teams use this Aston Martin. Even if it is not the newest car on the grid, the Vantage V12 GT3 is still capable of achieving good results and victories so the 2015 season should be interesting and you should keep an eye on this race car.
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