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Aston Martin Racing Launch 2011 V8 Vantage

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Aston Martin Racing have unveiled a new look Vantage GT4 for 2011 that will carry the marque's name in the European GT4 Cup, as well as the other series which include a GT4 class.

In two years of competition Aston Martin have sold 80 Vantage GT4 to racers around the world who have helped take the car to numerous high profile successors including class wins at the 2010 Nurburgring, Dubai and Spa 24 Hour races as well as the European GT4 Cup.

Like its predecessor the new car takes its cues from the road going V8 Vantage with the base engine, suspension design and aluminium chassis all being carried across. However, many upgrades are available to competitors with the new car, including – for the first time – Bosch ABS and Traction Control systems.

The 4.7 litre V8 has been remapped, offering greater power and torque while a collection of new aerodynamic devices increasing downforce. Perhaps the most noticeable of these is the larger “flip” on the bootlid – borrowed from the car's V12 bigger brother – which has been designed to work with the new rear diffuser (again the same as from the V12 model) and underfloor to increase rear downforce. The latter tweek also serves to funnel more air into the transmission oil cooler – housed in the rear of the car.

The front of the new racer will feature a splitter which, like the underfloor, not only increases down force but helps channel more air into the car's cooling systems, directing the airflow to the radiator and brakes.

The new car will be eligible for GT4 classes in all major series and races as well as the second season of the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.

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