Aston Martin has released sketches of a new GT2 race car, based on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage road car. The Aston Martin Vantage GT2, as it will be known, will feature likely feature a race-spec version of the V-8 engine found in the road going Vantage, but whatever the configuration, we do know that it has been designed to run on either standard race fuel or E85 bio-ethanol.
With the introduction of the Vantage GT2 to Aston’s racing lineup, the UK-based luxury sports car manufacturer has a vehicle for every GT racing class. Aston Martin already offers its DBR9 for the GT1 category, the DBRS9 for GT3, and the Vantage N24 in the GT4 class. Primary GT2 competition will likely be the Ferrari F430 GT2, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, and Dodge Viper GTSR in both the Euro-centric FIA GT series, as well as the U.S.-based American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
Aston Martin will officially unveil the Vantage GT2 at the Autosport International show January 10th, so we should have more pictures and information for you then. Keep in mind that Aston Martin chairman and head of Prodrive Racing, David Richards, is also slated to divulge Aston’s racing plans for 2008 at the show, meaning we should find out if Corvette Racing’s all-conquering C6.R GT1 racers should have a pack of DB9Rs to be concerned about in the 2008 ALMS season.