Aston Martin fields Vantage GT4 to Grand-Am CTSCC
Aston Martin means business when it comes to its return to the race track in North America. The carmaker rolled out the prototype of the DBR1-2 for the American LeMans last year and gaining top spot at the Laguna Seca, Road America, Mid Ohio, Mosport, and Long Beach.
This 2012, Aston Martin will be fielding two vehicles for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge or CTSCC.
The Vantage GT4 race car will be a product of Aston Martin’s collaboration with Multimatic Motorsports, a company based in Toronto. The V8 Vantage will be the basis of the racecar.
The V8 Vantage is an excellent jump off point in building a vehicle for the CTSCC since the car has a very potent V8 4.7L engine and a chassis made from bonded aluminum. The Vantage GT4 might be a newbie in terms of the racing series in North America but in the European racing circuit particularly in the GT4 Cup and endurance racing.
Multimatic is also a big name in the CTSCC having ruled the race in 2008, 2005 and also back in 2002. The motorsports firm has also been a long-time partner of Aston Martin as they have been supplying the factory in Gaydon, England with the chassis made of carbon fiber for the Aston Martin One-77 supercar. They are also producing the V12 Vantage Zagato carbonfiber components.
During the season, Multimatic will be using the two cars for their campaign. The lead car will have Scott Maxwell backed up by Joe Foster. The other car will have professional driver and actor Patrick Dempsey and Chris Porritt who is the chief engineer of Aston Martin.
Aston Martin will be facing a pretty determined field during the Grand-Am race series. Ferrari will try to conquer the track with its 458 Italia while Audi will go for the top spot with their R8 LMS. There will also be prototype Corvettes built for the Daytona race. The field at this year’s CTSSC will be very different compared to last year’s and fans can expect an exciting contest. Vroom! Vroom!