Order books open for new race cars ahead of 2019 season

Aston Martin is looking to build on its racing success, announcing two additional motorsport versions of its new Vantage ahead of a reveal later this year.

Following the Vantage GTE race car, the Vantage GT3 (pictured) and GT4 will aim to build on the success of the company's successful previous-generation competition racers – the V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4.

However, where the previous versions were powered by V12 and V8 engines respectively, the new Vantage race cars will both be powered by modified versions of the road car's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG – in production guise, the motor makes 375kW and 680Nm.

"In motorsport the qualities you’re most striving for are a competitive edge, driveability and the durability to deliver upon it. We’ve been able to deliver this to our customers for more than a decade with our Vantage GT4 and more recently with the V12 Vantage GT3," said David King, president of Aston Martin Racing (AMR).

"In the new Vantage GT3 and GT4, we intend to build on those attributes as well as continuing to deliver the best looking cars in the paddock."

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 will be revealed in full during the northern hemisphere's summer, and will be homologated for racing from March 1 2019. Orders have already opened for the new-generation race cars too.

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