Aston Martin Vantage GTE
The DBR9 was retired by Aston Martin Racing in 2008 and last raced internationally in 2011, but it hadn’t given up racing, and in 2012 it was back on track with a new competitor, the V8 Vantage GTE. The GTE was a development of the GT2 racer, the customer racing version of the road-going V8 Vantage, and while it had a front-mounted V8 and was rear-drive, like the road car, beyond the same chassis in aluminum it was almost entirely different. It featured 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 wishbones, Koni adjustable dampers, etc In short, Prodrive took everything it learned from the DBR9 and applied and improved it for the Vantage GTE.
Making its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the car of Turner, Stefan Mücke and Adrian Fernandez came third, and with consistent good results the team ended the year in second place with its first victory in the final round. in Shanghai. Fast forward to 2013, now with two cars, the Vantage GTE was getting stronger, winning four races, while one of the two cars entered in the Am class won the drivers’ championship. The Vantage GTE continued to perform, and by the end of its racing career it had won at Le Mans in the Am and Pro classes, in 2014 and 2017 respectively, and the Am Drivers title again in 2014, Pro Teams and Drivers’ Championships in 2016 and the two Am distinctions in 2017.