AMR's 2016 Race car being crafted

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Following on with Aston Martin Racing's regime of 'openness' (where possible), yesterday saw the @Prodrive twitter feed supply the first images of the new for 2016 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE being hand crafted within its new workshop buildings.

Receiving their racing fleet back after last years final World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain only last week the 'race' is now on the prepare the correct number of GTE's (that has yet to be confirmed) in readiness for the 2016 season of the WEC that starts is just 79 days at Silverstone.

The team has already proved that they can interchange a chassis between the 2015 and 2016 iterations  in only a few hours work so preparation should be swift allowing the team to complete each chassis in just over a week of meticulous work.

After the build process we would then expect the cars to undergo a simple systems check shakedown test  (probably locally at Turweston Aerodrome) before the GTE's and those of their customers are shipped out to Spain for their three day test.

Roof escape hatch

Speculation from some is that there will be a three car factory entry - two in GTE Pro and one in GTE AM but that figure probably does not include any further entry from the Danish Young Driver outfit as that is just a car maintained by the factory but entered by the customer team. In that case we would potentially be looking at a four car AMR powered line up in WEC.

It will be at a point sometime after this test weekend that we would expect AMR to confirm their full WEC driver line up and sponsorship liveries. We may even find out who else is driving for their GT3/GT4 Partner teams!!

2016 GTE

In other news - we need to keep an eye out for a new documentary film of Aston Martin Racing detailing the design and preparatory work associated with the creation of their new 2016 GTE. Details will be confirm at a later date of which channel and when.

Fabricating steel roll cage to fit into aluminium chassis

CFD Design to minimise drag and maximise downforce

Fabricating the wiring loom

In the meantime, and if you are desperate for some more live racing you will find full factory representation at the Rolex24 over in Daytona, Florida in the form of WEC crew Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Richie Stanaway piloting the #98 GTD entry alongside Partner team TRG-AMR with their full season V12 Vantage GTD entry.

Further info on this can be found at

Photo credits - Prodrive
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