"Aston Martin" is just another way of saying "sex on wheels", but did you know that the luxury sport manufacturer actually competes in various motorsports worldwide, and on a regular basis?
Whether it's with the 600hp DB9 GT1 in the prestigious European FIA GT1 series, the V12 Zagato at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, or even with the lightning-quick, feather-light, AMR (Aston Martin Racing) Lola (world-renowned race-engineering company and chassis supplier) LMP1 car in the American Le Mans endurance racing series at Petit Le Mans, Aston Martin never fails to have something brutally fast - and equally as eye-catching - up their sleeve. Always covering ground in various racing series all over the world, Aston Martin is still known to be the only manufacturer around that offers a race car for every level of GT competition.
With a satisfying sprinkling of wins spread across various GT series like the British GT, FIA GT, and FIA GT3 Championships since 2005, along with numerous podium positions - and even more wins and podium finishes under the HEXIS Racing AMR team, Aston Martin's weapon-of-choice for the GT3 class, the Aston Martin DBRS9, has proven to be a voracious racing machine - and yet still retains the elegance that is drawn from its street-legal cousins.
However, Aston Martin's now announced that for the new season beginning in 2012, they have built another way to seduce and destroy their GT3 class competitors worldwide; a permanent replacement for the legendary DBRS9. Enter the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, a violent piece of engineering brilliance whose intimidating demeanor and potential on the track can only be rivaled by its luscious, almost deceptive looks.
With aggressive, intriguing lines that are almost pleasantly disturbed by numerous vents, grilles, a front splitter and a massive carbon fiber rear wing, the V12 Vantage GT3 is a purpose-built race machine that also retains the glamorous flair of its road-going counterparts. It's a car that would make any racing enthusiast giggle and blush like a school girl, yet rip their face off with one wrong move.
The face-ripping commences when the rear wheels spin as a result of the lightweight 6.0L V12 engine, taken from the original V12 Vantage, breathing out 600hp along with nearly 520 ft lbs of torque - transferred to the road through an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission - to pull the 1250 kg (or 2755 lbs) carbon-fiber-sprinkled body and stiff, aluminum chassis from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds.
Along with a 6-point safety harness and the other usual components required for a purpose-built race car, the lightweight V12's engine position has also been lowered and improved for optimal weight balance, allowing for a lower center of gravity that - coupled with a shorter wheel base as well as various adjustable suspension components - with a potential 2.5 to 3.0 g of lateral cornering force, will break your neck in the corners, along with the competitors' as they stare covetously at the untamed, fire-breathing behemoth.