Aston Martin rocks. Remember back in June when they won their class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours with pretty much a showroom stock V8 Vantage? The one that finished 24th overall out of a field of 220 entrants, most of which were pure race cars? Well, Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez does. He had promised that customers would be able to purchase a similar package for their Vantages soon after. And true to his word, we just got notice of the new N24 spec V8 Vantage will be available at a dealer near you. Already meticulously crafted, these N24 editions will be given even more special attention as they work their way through the assembly process, in a dedicated facility at the firm's Gaydon HQ.
Besides losing its air conditioner and most of its interior as part of the 550-lb Biggest Loser diet, the N24 will be reworked to coax an extra 30 hp from its mellifluous V8. Sidenote – This is the third best-sounding production car in recent years behind the Porsche Carrera GT and the Audi RS4. The Vantage N24 would make an excellent track day car for club racers, but should also be able to run in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring, the Britcar endurance series, the Dutch Supercar Challenge, the Australian GT Championship and the European Endurance Championship. It might also qualify for the proposed European GT4 series, the Grand-Am Cup and SCCA Touring Car Class in the USA.
On sale now, the N24 will start at £78,720 ($152,350) and will actually debut in the Yokohama booth at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC in a couple of days. We like this trend of factory race cars like the Ferrari F430 Challenge, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and the Subie rally cars down under
Full press release with specs after the jump.
[Source: Aston Martin]
Aston Martin Confirms Specification of V8 Vantage N24
Aston Martin has confirmed details of its N24 race car, based on the critically acclaimed V8 Vantage road car, which will be showcased at the Autosport International Show this week.
The Vantage N24 is based on a standard European specification production V8 Vantage, with modifications undertaken to prepare the car for the competitive racing environment.
At the 2006 British Motor Show, Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, announced that the company would build a limited production run of cars based on the V8 Vantage that completed the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race that June. The near standard V8 Vantage finished 24th overall out of 220 starters, completing some 130 laps of the 15.77 mile circuit – in a field of mostly specialised race-homologated entrants.
The Nürburgring 24-hour race not only gives its name to the V8 Vantage N24, but provided a conclusive demonstration of its abilities; a near standard car capable of tackling the demands of one of the world's most arduous racing circuits.
The Vantage N24 subsequently went on to finish eighth overall in the inaugural 24-hour race of Bahrain in December 2006, again competing with highly modified race cars. During the course of the race, the Vantage N24 covered over 2600km, needing only fuel, brake pads and tyres.
With the formation of Aston Martin Racing in 2004, the company made a long awaited and successful return to international sports car racing firstly with the GT1 DBR9 in 2005 followed by the GT3 DBRS9 in 2006. However, the company also has a long history of racing near standard cars both at national and at international level. The Vantage N24 builds on this tradition - a factory built car proven and ready to race.
The Vantage N24 will be fastidiously hand built in a dedicated facility within Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters. The level of detail and finish conforms to Aston Martin's exacting standards, fusing hand craftsmanship with advanced technology. The build of the first customer cars will commence in the coming weeks.
The Vantage N24's engine is modified to enhance throttle response and performance; including the crankshaft, conrods and pistons being lightened and balanced, the cylinder heads re-profiled to optimise compression ratio and gas flow and the engine management system is calibrated for race use.
The N24 also benefits from a free flow exhaust system and improved air filters. The standard V8 dry sump lubrication system is retained helping prevent oil surges during extreme cornering. The result is 410bhp (305kW) at 7500rpm – a 30bhp increase over the standard car.
The N24 is available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. A Valeo twin plate cerametallic racing clutch and lightweight flywheel complete the powertrain specification.
At 1330kg the Vantage N24 weighs in at 250kg lighter than the standard car. The interior trim of the standard car is removed apart from the facia moulding which is re-trimmed in Alcantara. The console and door casings are replaced by new lightweight mouldings. The air-conditioning system is removed as are the airbags. The interior features a full high strength steel roll cage and Recaro Pole Position competition shell (a passenger seat and safety harness is an optional extra). A suede-trimmed steering wheel with a quick release mechanism is also fitted as standard. The Vantage N24's safety features are completed with a Schroth six-point safety harness with a push button release and Lifeline Zero 360 gas extinguisher system.
The Vantage N24's underframe and body has also been discreetly modified to save weight and increase trackside practicality. Tapping plates have been included to accommodate the use of pneumatic jacks, and motor sport towing eyes are attached to the chassis. The side and rear windows have been replaced with clear polycarbonate, with a sliding opening on the driver's side. The bonnet and tail latches are now quick release items.
The V8 Vantage's acclaimed suspension has required only minor adjustments to optimise it for track use. These include larger diameter front and rear anti-roll bars and adjustable ride height aluminium dampers, as well as single rate flat ground springs with separate helper springs. The front subframe has been modified for extra camber and castor, while Speedline cast magnesium front and rear wheels are standard, along with high performance Yokohama AO48 tyres.
The brakes have been uprated with Pagid RS 29 race pads. As further endorsement of the standard V8 Vantage's abilities, the active safety systems are directly carried over to the Vantage N24 including dynamic stability control, traction control, ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, providing reassurance and control in slippery conditions.
The Vantage N24 provides an ideal base for a wide variety of Motorsport uses and is ideal for club racing amongst other categories. As supplied it is eligible for series such as the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring, the Britcar endurance series, the Dutch Supercar Challenge, the Australian GT Championship and the European Endurance Championship. In addition, the Vantage N24 is also potentially eligible for the proposed European GT4 series, the Grand-Am Cup and SCCA Touring Car Class in the USA.
The Vantage N24 is on sale now with prices starting at £78,720 plus local taxes and delivery. The customer version of the N24 will make its public debut at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC from 11th January, as a guest car on tyre partner, Yokohama's, stand.
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24 Specification
The specification is based on a standard production, European specification (left hand drive), V8 Vantage with the following modifications:
- FIA approved full roll cage in 40mm x 1.5mm 15CDV6 high strength steel
- Preparation for pneumatic jacks incorporating tapping plates
- Motor sport towing eyes
- Plastic side & rear windows – with slide opening on driver's side
- Re-styled side sill with exposed carbon fibre rib
- Quick release bonnet/tail safety latching with hinges retained
- Lightweight aluminium side strakes
Engine & Transmission
- Cylinder heads; re-profiled and smoothed inlet and exhaust ports and optimised compression ratio
- Crankshaft, conrods, pistons and flywheel lightened and balanced to race standards
- ITG cylindrical foam air filters
- Reduced cell density primary catalysts
- Revised engine calibration (97 RON fuel)
- EGR & secondary air system removed
- Simplified oil breather system with catch tank
- Weight reduced rear muffler without by-pass valves
- Air conditioning system and compressor removed
- FIA approved ATL bag type fuel tank with twin fuel pumps -100L capacity. Filling point built into the right hand C-post with facility to accept a quick fill 'dry break' arrangement
- Standard 6-speed manual transmission – fitted with breather catch tank
- Valeo twin plate cerametallic clutch (215mm) with lightweight flywheel
- Single rate, flat ground, 2.5" ID. Eibach springs with separate helper springs.
- Stiffened diameter front and rear anti-roll bars
- Dynamic Suspensions adjustable ride height aluminium dampers
- Front subframe modified for extra camber and castor
Wheels & Tyres
- Speedline 10" X 18" ET45mm cast magnesium front wheels
- Speedline 11" X 18" ET48mm cast magnesium rear wheels
- Yokohama A048 tyres
- Standard radial-mounted 4 piston monobloc callipers fitted with high performance Pagid RS 29 race pads
- Reduced weight and optimised route wiring harness
- Optima gel battery
- Battery cut off relay
- New switch panel mounted in centre console (includes; re-settable circuit breakers for each fuel pump, extinguisher button, battery cut-off button, heater controls, mirror switch and toggle switches for fog lights, hazard lights, traction control and heated front screen.
- Panel graphics illuminated by 'electroluminescent' film
- Original V8 Vantage instrument pack
- All other standard production ancillary electrical systems removed
- Recaro Pole Position competition shell seat with Aston Martin wings logo
- Schroth 6 point safety harness – push button release
- FIA compliant Lifeline Zero 360 plumbed in extinguisher system (gas) – 4 engine bay and 2 interior nozzles
- Raised driver's footrest
- New simple door casings moulded in 'Twintex' for weight saving and compatibility with roll cage
- Weight reduced facia, trimmed in Alcantara
- Shortened one piece carbon fibre centre console
- Quick release suede trimmed steering wheel
- All other standard production trim and airbags removed
- Passenger seat and safety harness
- Dimensions & Performance
Length: 4380mm (172.5 in)
Height: 1210mm (47.5 in)
Width: 1865mm (73.5 in) (exc. Mirrors)
2025mm (80 in) (inc. Mirrors)
Wheelbase: 2600mm (102.5 in)
Front Track: 1580mm (62.2 in)
Rear Track: 1590mm (62.6 in)
Kerb Weight (less fuel): 1330kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 litres
Maximum Power: 410bhp (305kW)
Maximum Torque: 313lb.ft (425Nm)
 Specification changes may be required