2016 is almost coming, and the LMGTE regulations for 2016 are already decided and are being tested for homologation. In order to distance the Le Mans GT racers from the GT3 competition in terms of performance, manufacturers will present new cars or just update their current machines to the new set of regulations, as it is the case of Aston Martin.
The updated Aston Martin Vantage GTE still uses the common V8 engine platform of many years, but with an increase in power of about 50hp. Other changes are in the aero and safety departments, like the massive diffuser which is now attached to the back of the car, as well the extended front splitter in the front and the underneath aero. Also, impact foam in the area of the doors, a new seat and the roof hatch, to be used in the case of having to take the driver outside the car if the doors aren’t accessible.
A test car is set to be at Ladoux, France, to take part in the homologation and balance of performance proceedings, which is in fact the 2014 Aston that was used by Stefan Mücke and Darren Turner. As for the innovative solar panels provided by Hanergy Solar, and used by all 2015 Vantage GTE models in the FIA World Endurance Championship, there is no position of a return of the device in 2016.
The updated Vantage GTE will have the updated versions of the Porsche 911 RSR, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, as well the debutants Ferrari 488 GTB and Ford GT.
And according to Aston Martin Racing principal John Gaw, the Vantage V12 GT3 and the Vantage GT4 will also get updates to face the new opponents in their respective classes, as various manufacturers are launching new cars this year and in 2016.
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