Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is ready for 2011 racing season

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Porsche got its new GT3 racing car out the door, and Aston Martin is not far from behind either. It is launching the Vantage GT4 racing car for the 2011 racing season. The new 2011 Vantage GT4 is built on the V8 Vantage road car. The new Vantage GT4 builds on the success of its predecessor, the 4.3 litre Vantage N24.

The 2011 Vantage GT4 shares the same aluminium chassis, base engine and suspension designs as the V8 Vantage, but with enhanced aerodynamic features. This includes a new splitter in front bumper to increase downforce and direct cooling air to the brakes and radiator. In the rear end, the 2011 Vantage GT4 gets a new carbon fiber diffuser, V12’s boot flp, and a rear underfloor to help increasing downforce while directing additional air through a new rear-mounted transmission oil cooler. This will surely help ground the 2926-pound Vantage GT4 at high speed.

Much of the engine of the 2011 GT4 is still based on the V8 Vantage road car, which is mated with either a manual transmission or sportshift transmission.The revised 4.7-liter engine is supposedly to have more horsepower and torque than the previous year model. So far, Aston Martin hasn’t released the exact numbers yet.

Additionally, Aston Martin is offering a Bosch ABS and traction control system that has been specifically calibrated by Bosch Motorsport for the 2011 Vantage GT4.

The 2011 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is produced to qualify in all the GT classes: GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4. Aston Martin Racing has sold about 80 Vantage GT4s to racing customers. In the last two years, it has won the 2010 European GT4 Cup and the GT4 class at the Dubai 24 Hours.