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Steane Klose | Jan 5, 2008

Aston Martin have set out to get us all drooling again...and its worked. Due to be unveiled at next week’s Autosport International Show in Birmingham, Aston Martin have released a sketch of their new Vantage GT2 race car. Based on the Vantage V8 road car, the GT2 racer is designed to operate on either standard race fuel or E85 bio-ethanol, depending on the regulations of the series in which it is running.

The Vantage GT2 rounds out Aston Martins posse of GT racers and makes AM the only firm to offer a car suitable for each category of GT racing, including the GT1 – DBR9, GT2 – Vantage GT2, GT3 – DBRS9 and GT4 – Vantage N24.

"The new Vantage GT2 completes our product portfolio for 2008 with competitive cars now available in every category. Thanks to our experience with the DBRS9, we have been able to develop a bio-ethanol fuelled version, which will be eligible to compete in an increasing number of series now accommodating this greener fuel, including the American Le Mans Series," said Robin Brundle, Aston Martin Racing's new managing director.

Stay tuned for next weeks update after the Vantage GT2’s debut, with (we are hopeful) a full image gallery.

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Aston Martin Racing reveals Vantage GT2

Aston Martin Racing has revealed the first impressions of its new GT2 racing car.

Known as the Vantage GT2, the new car is based on the V8 engined Aston Martin Vantage road car. The new car will mean Aston Martin is the only manufacturer to offer cars in every GT racing category: GT1 – DBR9; GT2 – Vantage GT2; GT3 – DBRS9; GT4 – Vantage N24.

For the first time, Aston Martin Racing is designing this car to run on either standard race fuel or E85 bio-ethanol (where regulations allow). In 2007, Aston Martin Racing successfully converted a standard DBRS9 to run on E85.

Robin Brundle, Aston Martin Racing's new managing director, said: "The new Vantage GT2 completes our product portfolio for 2008 with competitive cars now available in every category. Thanks to our experience with the DBRS9, we have been able to develop a bio-ethanol fuelled version, which will be eligible to compete in an increasing number of series now accommodating this greener fuel, including the American Le Mans Series."

Aston Martin chairman, David Richards, will be announcing Aston Martin Racing's 2008 plans at the Autosport International show on Thursday 10 January at 10.45 am.

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