Aston Martin: New Vantage has covered 20,000 kilometres
Aston Martin enters the WEC super season 2018/19 with the brand-new Vantage GTE, ready for the WEC super season.
Aston Martin enters the GTE-Pro category of the WEC super season 2018/19 with a brand new Vantage. The second generation of the sports car was officially presented in November last year. Since then, four tests have covered 20,000 kilometres. Prior to Christmas, the focus was on stability on tracks in Spain, and during this year’s test drives in Abu Dhabi and Aragon, they worked with Michelin on the pace of the new car.
“The test operation did not run without the typical small things, but nevertheless the car was really good from the first test run on. I don’t think we’ll be in for a nasty surprise at the first race of the season at Spa in May,”says Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Sayers to’ Motorsport-Total. com’. Reliability had been brought into focus because the second race of the year was already the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We’ve been scrubbing miles to get stability in,”says Sayers. Among other things, we completed a successful 30-hour test at the end of last year in Navarre in northern Spain:”After Christmas, we switched to work on the performance in Abu Dhabi. Aston Martin had driven with Dunlop in the past two years, but is now returning to Michelin.
“Now we are still working on refinements and playing through all the strategies we need on race weekends,”says the Aston Martin responsible. The Vantage was tested in Aragon last month for two weeks. In addition to the test vehicle, the two race cars of the 2018/19 season were also used,”That was our shakedown for the emergency vehicles. At the same time, we were able to pass the work on several cars,”says Sayers, who is already travelling to further tests in the Algarve this week.
The new Aston Martin will enter the GTE-Pro class competition in 2018/19. The opponents are the Ferrari 488 GTE, the Porsche 911 RSR, the Ford GT and the brand new BMW M8 GTE:”How we will compete in the competition depends on the calculations of the FIA,”says Sayers, who is looking forward to the first balance-of-performance (BoP) of the year,”We can only make sure that we are prepared for the first race in Spa in the best possible way”.
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