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Aston Martin has revealed the car it will offer to customers who want to compete in numerous race series around the world like the FIA GT3 Championship, ADAC Masters and the Nürburgring VLN to name a few: the Vantage GT3 race car, which is based on the roadgoing V12 Vantage.

As the successor to Aston Martin's enormously successful DBRS9, the Vantage GT3 will give its buyers the latest in race-car technology to ensure that the car has the credentials to compete with the most recent new product offerings from its competitors.

Powering the Vantage GT3 is a modified version of the British carmaker's production 6.0-liter V12 engine found in its highly acclaimed sports cars with an output of 600hp and 700Nm of torque. Its location under the bonnet has been repositioned to further improve the car's weight distribution while a carbon-fiber propshaft mates the engine to an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with semi-automatic paddle shift gear change.

The most dramatic improvements to the Vantage GT3, however, are the new aerodynamics that contribute to the car's muscular and purposeful stance while maintaining the overall beauty of the V12 Vantage. The shorter wheel base and lower engine position over its predecessor also contributes to the car's enhanced handling and performance. The Vantage GT3 will also provide enhanced driveability with the latest race-developed ABS and traction control systems, which are fitted as standard to the race car.

Aston Martin is slated to begin its test of the Vantage GT3 in October where the car will undergo a comprehensive sign-off durability test, including a 10,000km test program. Deliveries of the first Vantage GT3s will begin in early 2012.

If you’re in the market for one, prices start from £298,000 or roughly P20.731 million.

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