Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Retired from Aston Martin Racing in 2008, the DBR9 last competed on the international stage in 2011, but it hadn’t given up racing and in 2012 it was back on the track with a new competitor, the V8 Vantage GTE. An evolution of the GT2 race car, the customer racing version of the road-going V8 Vantage, the GTE did have a front-mounted V8 and was rear-wheel drive like the road car, but with the same aluminum chassis, it was almost entirely different. It had a 4.5-liter dry-sump V8 with new cylinder heads, connecting rods, valves, camshafts and a racing exhaust system, a six-speed sequential gearbox, bespoke control arms, adjustable Koni dampers and so on… In short, Prodrive took everything it took out learned from the DBR9 and applied and improved on the Vantage GTE.
On its debut at the Sebring 12 Hours, the car of Turner, Stefan Mücke and Adrian Fernandez finished third, and with consistently good results, the team ended the year in second place with its first victory at the finale in Shanghai. Back in 2013, now with two cars, the Vantage GTE got stronger, winning four races while one of the two cars in the Am class secured the drivers’ championship. The Vantage GTE continued to perform well and ended its racing career winning both the Am and Pro categories at Le Mans in 2014 and 2017 and again the Am Drivers’ Championship in 2014, the Pro Teams and Drivers’ Championships in 2016 and both Am -Awards 2017.