Aston Martin keeps Vantage name for 2018 GTE car

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Aston Martin is set to keep the ‘Vantage’ moniker for the new GTE car it plans to introduce for the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Aston Martin keeps Vantage name for 2018 GTE car
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Daniel Serra
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Daniel Serra
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage, #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage, #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Daniel Serra

Aston Martin conquered last month's endurance classic with the #97 trio of Jonathan Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra, who came out on top of a thrilling battle with the #63 Corvette that went down to the closing laps.

For 2018, the Prodrive-run AMR team is working on a brand-new model, in line with the new Vantage road car set to be introduced next year. 

“The new Vantage road car comes out next year and we’ve committed to GT racing for the foreseeable future, therefore you can infer from that that there’ll be a new Vantage race car,” Aston Martin vice president David King told Motorsport.com at the Nurburgring.

"The guys are working very hard on it. You’ll find out soon what our plans are.”

King did not disclose any details about the Vantage’s powertrain amid rumours of a higher level of Mercedes-AMG involvement in the GTE programme.

“We have a very important strategic relationship with Daimler on the OEM side and that becomes more significant with the new Vantage,” King added.

“That’s giving us access to technology that we need for the future of our road cars. It’s a good partnership but it doesn’t directly affect what we’re doing in racing.” 

“We’ve proven we can also do it independently. The win in Le Mans was done independently through the expertise of Prodrive and ourselves. In some ways on the GT3 level AMG is a direct competitor."

Le Mans win 'last hurrah' for outgoing car

Aston Martin's Le Mans win couldn’t have come at a better time for the British marque, which had been chasing a first win for its Vantage model since refocusing its efforts on GT racing in 2012.

"It was a fantastic vindication of everything we’ve been working towards over the past few years with the Prodrive guys and Aston Martin Racing,” King acknowledges.

“After dabbling unsuccessfully with LMP from 2009 to 2011 we made a very conscious decision to concentrate back on GT racing.

"We got close a couple of times but it was really important to win a Le Mans class before the end of the current Vantage. It’s like the last hurrah.”

With the FIA awarding the GTE Pro category a world championship status in 2018, Aston Martin is keen to repeat last year’s WEC championship win.

"It would be a real dream to get that title,” King added. "It would be the icing on the cake on top of the Le Mans win. Despite the double points in Le Mans we’re certainly not the favourites. We need to go and win some races." 

The Le Mans-winning #97 car currently trails the leading #67 Ford GT by 16 points in the GTE Pro championship after finishing seventh in class at the Nurburgring.

shares
comments
BMW M8 GTE completes three-day Lausitz test
Previous article

BMW M8 GTE completes three-day Lausitz test

Next article

Porsche to end LMP1 programme after 2017

Porsche to end LMP1 programme after 2017
Load comments
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Prime

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive FIA World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Motorsport.com recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021
The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending Prime

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained.

WEC
Nov 9, 2021
How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Prime

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the FIA World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out.

WEC
Nov 8, 2021
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Prime

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021