Aston Martin has created the 2019 Vantage GT3 and GT4 race cars, and they’re on sale now.
If you’d like to get your hands on racing-spec versions of the new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, the time to call is now. The famed British car brand is now taking orders for the GT3 and GT4 versions of the new Vantage—only real racing teams need apply.
Mostly because they’re not road legal.
According to Autoweek, the new Vantage created a bit of controversy among Aston Martin Enthusiasts, mostly because they tossed out the understated grille and replaced it with one that seems to be hoovering the ground wherever it goes. The real reason was to ditch the front bumper to make the car even lighter, but it’s funny to think of a British race car as an oversized, V8-powered Roomba.
Aston Martin also ditched the previous V12 engine, instead opting for a Mercedes-sourced 4.0-L turbocharged V8. The version found in the regular Vantage gets around 500 horses, but Aston Martin didn’t say what the racing-spec GT3 and GT4 Vantages will get. We’re thinking it’s slightly more.
The new Vantage has some big shoes to fill. The previous V12 Vantage GT3 has a long list of wins for Aston Martin, including "three British GT Championships (2013, 2015 and 2016), the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup ProAM title and the Blancpain GT Asian Series.” There were 42 GT3s built of which 37 were sold. Aston Martin declined to say what happened to the remaining five, but we think they may have been given to the Queen.
“We are very proud of the heritage we have established as a leading supplier of customer GT cars, with customers racing our cars all around the world,” said Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw in a statement.
“We told the clients who first purchased our GT3 cars seven years ago, that they would be buying a car that would be capable of winning races for years to come. This year we have already proved that with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3’s successes in the British GT Championship. That longevity is something that separates us from other manufacturers. I expect the new GT3 and GT4 to be just as competitive as the cars they are replacing and to remain so for a similar period of time.”
The GT3 and GT4 Vantages will debut at the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps next week.