Incomplete development doesn’t seem to stop the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from an early debut. Its premiere will happen on 6 October during the eighth round of the VLN endurance racing championship at the Nurburgring.
The car’s development will go on until it’s officially homologated on March 1, 2019. There’s still plenty of time for Aston Martin to develop the car. Besides, the race will be a good opportunity to test the Vantage GT3’s durability and performance on the track.
Lacking homologation, the car will be put in the VLN’s unique SPX category. It will be driven by three-time Le Mans class champion Darren Turner and 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours winner Maxime Martin.
Darren Turner said he feels honored to be the first person to drive the new Vantage GT3 at the Nürburgring. According to him, the Germany racing track “is like a spiritual home for GT racing”, so it’s truly special to be there at the beginning of a new project.
Turner admitted that the Nordschleife is a very challenging circuit, and it’s where he will need to do its best to put the Vantage GT3 through its paces. He is glad to be a part of this development program and believes that the GT3 has a lot of potential in it.
Based on the all-new Vantage road car, the new-gen GT3 will come in 2019 as a replacement for the V12 Vantage GT3. It shares many of the same features as the GTE, one of which is the 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, which was originally built at Mercedes-AMG’s HQ, but has gone through a comprehensive tuning by the motorsport arm of Aston Martin.