Aston Martin Racing builds trio of race replicas

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Following its long-standing track record of selling off competition cars to collectors, Aston Martin Racing has created what it has dubbed the Vantage Legacy Collection to commemorate one of the most successful periods in its racing history, as well as one of the company’s most successful racing cars – the Aston Martin Vantage.

The period, between 2009 and 2018, brought Aston Martin two Le Mans 24 Hours class victories (in 2014 and 2017) and seven FIA World Endurance Championship titles, as well as numerous international sports car championship titles in British GT, GT World Challenge (Europe) and the European Le Mans Series.

The trio of Legacy Vantages, based on the V8 Vantage road car launched in 2005, have been created in Aston Martin Racing’s workshops and are being offered for sale as a collection comprising a V8 Vantage GTE, a V12 Vantage GT3 and a Vantage GT4. All three are brand-new chassis, ready to race, and have been identically liveried in Sterling green.

The Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the company’s VH-era architecture. It made its debut in 2009 and, by the end of 2018, Aston Martin Racing had built 107 cars, winning races and international championships across the world. Many of these cars are still competing today. The car in the collection is the 108th and final car to be made.

The V12 Vantage GT3 followed the GT4 three years later, making its debut in 2012. It soon became the dominant car in the British GT championship, winning outright titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, proving its competitiveness right up until it was replaced by the new Vantage in 2019. Over seven years, up until the end of 2017, 46 cars were built.

The V8 Vantage GTE made its debut with the Aston Martin Racing works team in 2012 at Sebring. It spearheaded Aston Martin’s works return to production-based racing following three years of competing in the LMP1 class. The V8 Vantage GTE took its first win at the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai, China, in October that debut year.

Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were originally built, with the car racing for the last time in the GTE Am class at Le Mans in 2018. During this time, it became the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning seven titles and two Le Mans class victories, including a famous final lap triumph in 2017. The GTE in this collection is the seventh and final car to be made, chassis number 007.

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