Aston Martin Racing completes endurance test with V12 Vantage GT3

Monday, February 20, 2012

Aston Martin Racing and Beechdean AMR have successfully completed a three day endurance test at Gaudix in Spain last week with the new V12 Vantage GT3.

Beechdean's Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam were joined by Stefan Mucke for the test which was used to finalise the settings for ABS and traction control in addition to completing race simulation runs to ensure reliability and durability. It was also the ideal opportunity for Young Driver AMR to sample the new V12-Powered racer ahead of receiving their cars for the ADAC GT Masters.

Other Aston Martin race cars were in attendance with Young Driver AMR taking the opportunity to test their DBR9 and Aston Martin Racing giving the 2012 GTE Vantage its first test prior to its official launch in London February 24th.

“It’s great to be at the extended endurance testing phase with our new Vantage GT3” said John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director. “We had terrific weather conditions throughout the duration of the test, which allowed us to get a really good idea of how competitive the car might be.”

“We know the lap times that our closest rivals have set around Gaudix and we also had other Aston Martin Racing cars in attendance for further benchmarking. It was the best Vantage GT3 test that we’ve had to date and given the lap times achieved, we have every reason to believe it will be competitive from the outset.”

The Vantage GT3 shares its bonded aluminium body structure and its base 6.0-litre V12 engine with Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car. The first five Vantage GT3s will be seen in competitive action in various domestic GT championships in the hands of official partner teams, including Young Driver AMR in the ADAC GT Masters; Beechdean Motorsport in the British GT series; Triple A in Japanese Super GT; and with Xande Negrao in Brazilian GT. Further customer cars will be delivered to Aston Martin Racing partner teams as the season progresses ahead of an extensive customer build programme for the 2013 season.

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