Aston Martin will return to the scene of its last-lap 2017 Le Mans GTE Pro class win with a brand new steed.
The Vantage GTE is powered by the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine as the road car gets, with a few racing tweaks of course. Aston Martin Racing isn’t
divulging exactly what they are but expect a net result of more power, more noise and a more competitive car.
Two of the new cars will be racing this weekend, one having been rebuilt just six days after driver, Marco Sørensen, crashed at the Le Mans test day. The
crash meant Aston Martin Racing’s technicians and engineers had to work around the clock in split shifts to ensure a fresh #95 ‘DaneTrain’ was completed,
shaken down and ready for scrutineering in time.
“We didn’t have the best start for a Le Mans campaign with my accident,” said Sørensen, “but now obviously the mechanics are preparing a fresh car and
I just cannot wait to go there and do a great job to do them justice for the amazing job they have done in such a short space of time.”
Alongside the new Vantages will be two of last season’s cars, to keep the naturally-aspirated engine alive one more year.
Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, Paul Howarth, added: “Le Mans has already thrown up many challenges for the team to deal with this year, including
the build of a brand new Vantage GTE chassis and repairing the #98 GTE Am car which was damaged during the test. We are all now focussed on the race
week and looking forward to what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive GT entries of the modern era. I have every confidence in all areas
of the team that we will rise to the challenge.”
The Aston Martin racers will form part of the 17-strong GTE Pro field. To do their part in hyping up the historic event, Aston released this very weird
video showing some of the training preparations its drivers go through. The new Vantage is due to dot down here in a week’s time.