Aston Martin Racing (AMR) officially revealed its latest endurance racing car Friday, the Vantage GT2. The new GT2 car based on the road-going V8 Vantage will be eligible to compete in a variety of sports car championships, including the American Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship and European-based Le Mans Series.
The British marquee now becomes the first manufacturer to have cars able to compete in all four GT categories: the DBR9 in GT1, Vantage GT2 in GT2, DBRS9 in GT3 and the Vantage N24 in GT4.
The Vantage GT2 will also have the unique feature of being run on either standard race fuel or E85 bio-ethanol. Barwell Motorsport, with the help of AMR, converted a DBRS9 to run on E85 in last year's British GT Championship.
"The new Vantage GT2 completes our product portfolio for 2008 with competitive cars now available in every category," said Robin Brundle, Aston Martin's new managing director. "Thanks to our experience with the DBRS9, we have been able to develop a bio-ethanol fueled version, which will be eligible to compete in an increasing number of series now accommodating this greener fuel, including the American Le Mans Series."
Barwell is the likely candidate to be one of the first to campaign the Vantage GT2. The British-based squad announced last November that it will be competing in the ALMS and select rounds of the LMS in 2008 with a bio-fueled car. They said running in the GT2 class with an Aston Martin would be their most logical choice.
Aston Martin chairman, David Richards, will be revealing AMR's 2008 racing program at the upcoming Autosport International show on Jan. 10.