Recent endurance races have seen Aston Martin fielding cars at every level of competition, and the British sportscar manufacturer isn't about to give up its strategy of proliferation.

The proof? A few months back, we brought you word that Aston was planning on replacing its DBRS9 with a new Vantage-based racer for the GT3 category to slot in between the GT2 and GT4-spec Vantages. And here it is.

Based on the V12 Vantage road car, the Vantage GT3 packs a dry-sump 6.0-liter V12 with 600 horsepower mated via carbon-fiber propshaft to an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission, equipped with competition-spec ABS and traction control for those wet laps around the Nordschleife.

Of course, the VLN Nürburgring series isn't the only championship for which the new Vantage GT3 is eligible, designed as it has been from the outset to race in the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Blancpain Endurance Series and others.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence early next year with a price tag of £298,000 – $489,000 USD by today's rates. Even if you haven't got that kind of cash on hand, you can check out Aston's latest in the press release after the jump and the high-res image gallery.
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Gaydon, 24 August 2011. Aston Martin confirms today the specification of the 2012 Vantage GT3 race car. As the natural successor to the enormously successful DBRS9, the new Vantage GT3 will offer customers the latest in race-car technology to ensure the Vantage GT3 has the credentials to compete with the most recent new product offerings from other manufacturers.

The Vantage GT3 features a modified version of Aston Martin's production 6.0 litre V12 engine found in the marque's highly acclaimed sports cars. The dry-sumped engine is expected to produce 600 bhp with 700 Nm of torque and its position has been optimised further to improve weight balance. A carbon fibre propshaft mates the engine to a Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

The Vantage GT3 benefits from Aston Martin's V/H architecture philosophy, the modular chassis uses aerospace bonding techniques to create a light and immensely stiff aluminium and composite structure which not only aids handling on Aston Martin's road cars but is also an ideal base for competitive race cars.

Most dramatic of all, are the new aerodynamics, contributing to a muscular and purposeful stance while maintaining the overall beauty of the V12 Vantage. The shorter wheel base and lower engine position over its predecessor will contribute to enhanced handling and performance. The new car will also provide enhanced driveability with the latest race-developed ABS and Traction Control systems which are fitted to the V12 Vantage GT3 as standard.

The Vantage GT3 will be eligible for numerous race series around the world including the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters, Nürburgring VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT, Belcar and Open GT among others.

Aston Martin remains the only manufacturer to offer a race car for every GT class firmly cementing it as a global forerunner in race car production. The new Vantage GT3 is being developed to replicate and indeed surpass the superb track record of the DBRS9.

Aston Martin has sold 24 DBRS9s and customer teams have accumulated many race podiums and victories over the past six years including 2009 Winner Teams Championship, and Winner Manufacturers Championship for Hexis Racing and as recently as a 2011 GT Open race win at Spa for Villois Racing.

Testing of the new car will commence in October, where the Vantage GT3 will undergo a comprehensive sign-off durability test including a 10,000 km test programme. Deliveries of the first cars will commence in early 2012. Prices start from £298,000.

V12 Vantage GT3 Specification

- Lightweight V12
- Dry sump oil system
- Engine repositioned to optimise weight distribution
- Target power 600 bhp
- Target torque 700 Nm

- Xtrac 6 speed sequential transmission
- Racing clutch
- Limited slip ramp/plate differential
- Easily accessible drop gears
- Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change
- Carbon fibre propshaft

- Lightweight aluminium chassis
- Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic jack system

- Hydraulic power assisted steering
- Quick release steering wheel

- Double wishbone suspension arms front
and rear with uniball bearings
- 2-way adjustable dampers front and rear
- Optimsed geometry for lower race ride height

Fuel system
- 110 litre fuel cell to FIA safety standards
- Twin quick release couplings
- Fuel cell location optimised for performance and safety
(behind the driver's seat, inside the safety roll cage)

- 6 pot front calipers
- Ventilated front brake disc
- 4 pot rear caliper
- Ventilated rear brake disc
- Floor mounted pedal box
- Manually adjustable front/rear brake bias
- Adjustable motorsport ABS

- 12.5" x 18" front
- 13" x 18" rear

- Front 30/68-18
- Rear 31/71-18

- Steering wheel mounted controls
- Driver display / data logger / shift lights / beacon
- 6-point safety harness
- Adjustable steering position
- Adjustable seat position
- Adjustable pedal box position
- Light weight battery
- Carbon fibre dash
- Fire extinguisher system

- Front splitter
- Adjustable full width carbon fibre rear wing
- Aerodynamically optimised bumpers, fenders and sills

- Target dry weight 1250kg

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      Peter T
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      car is absolutley beautiful, all astons are,...this one obviously is fast,...question?,...does aston martin race in the amer. lemans series?,...i know porsche, ferrari, corvette, m3,...and i think even mustang is in there,...but does aston race anywhere here in the states?,...their cars have always been incredibly luscious to look at,...but actually fairly slow[us porschephiles denagrate them by calling them 'BOULEVADIERS",...beautiful but slow,...any vette will cream these things in any 0-60 match, will most 911's,...but god are they gorgeous!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aston Martin does race in the ALMS. There's the Muscle Milk Aston LMP1 and then AMR races the Vantage V8 GTE.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Oh and there's no Mustang in the ALMS. By the way, can you calm down with the periods?
      • 4 Years Ago
      One bad ass Aston Martin Vantage GT3 V12. I'm a professional test driver and sad that i will not get the chance to drive it. Oh well at least the car looks cool. Should be a wild ride
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sex on wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh NOOOOO. it is a big awful car. i dont like it and it is a big ripoff
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would never come from Chrysler/Fiat they have no idea how to make cars but just junk
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do not think they are after the same buyer demographics..and if Fiat did they would do it under their "Ferrari" or their "Maserati" or even maybe their "Alfa Romero" name plates, since they own controlling interest in theses cpmpanies too.
          You guy
          • 4 Years Ago
          There's only one R in Alfa Romeo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, this has absolutely nothing to do with Chrysler/Fiat. Someone has an obsession...
      david opanga
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car is sexy but I ask. What's the point of having a non spec series run cars with handicaps(if a car is to dominant they add weight or other penalties) like alms does as does FIA GT1 CHAMPIONSHIP. Out of curiosity, does GT3 do this as well? I understand their goel is to make the playing field even but doesn't that ultimately defeat the whole purpose of which car is truly better. I guess those are just my qualms with sports car racing but I hope it's not the same with lmp1 catigory
        Jonathan Arena
        • 4 Years Ago
        @david opanga
        Good question. It seems that there still isn't a good series for car fans... there is plenty of stuff for racing fans fostering close racing, but for car fans there is thousands of pages of constantly changing regulation and crap.
          david opanga
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          Well for car fans their is f1 by then again those aren't sports cars respectively.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As cool as it is, the front view reminds me of an Imperial Storm Trooper's helmet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep a lookout for the Rossion Q1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Move over my ZR-1 is flying by..............................
          • 4 Years Ago
          You're dreaming if you think that a ZR1 can keep up with a GT3 car. BTW....a 2008 Dodge Viper ACR is STILL faster around the 'Ring than a Corvette. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope this comes with a laser jammer and radar cloking otherwide that power is useless in California.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GT3 cars are the epitome of awesome, even beyond F1 and Le Mans cars imo. Strictly talking aesthetics of course ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        GT3 and SuperGT. The cars of SuperGT are just so awesome looking.
      Kayden Kross
      • 4 Years Ago
      u n0w n4t1ng 4but d1s k4r b1cth3s
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