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Aston tests new GT4 racer


British sports car maker Aston Martin takes wraps off new race car in Dubai.

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled its 2009 specification Vantage GT4 customer race car and shaken it down in Dubai.

The new Vantage GT4 builds on the success of its predecessor, the 4.3 litre Vantage N24, and is based on the new road-going 4.7-litre V8 Vantage. Aston Martin has been developing the car for six months.

It says the larger capacity engine is more responsive and has more torque throughout the rev range.

Suspension changes include modified front uprights to give increased camber, and the car has larger front brake discs with revised cooling. The GT4 runs Yokohama A048-R tyres.

The racer is 300 kg lighter than the 1630kg road car and has a stripped interior, high-strength steel rollcage and Recaro racing seats.

“In the last two years, the N24 has proved to be one of the most successful cars in its class; winning (the category in) the Nurburgring 24 Hours this year, as well as several FIA GT4 races,” says Aston Martin chairman, David Richards.

“We’ve built on this success to develop the Vantage GT4 (as) a competitive racing car for professional and semi-professional drivers, but also a forgiving car which will appeal to enthusiasts who wish to use it for track days and club racing.”

The Vantage GT4 comes with either a manual or sportshift transmission. Prices start around $300,000, and Aston will deliver the first cars in January.

Aston Martin Racing is the only manufacturer to produce cars in each of the FIA GT racing classes: GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4.

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