Aston Martin Racing announced its ambitious plans for the 2016 season, its latest V8 Vantage GTE challenger and an exciting new collaboration with global energy supplier Total and tire supplier Dunlop.
The premiere GT-racing outfit, which enters its 12th year of competition, will field a three-car campaign in this year’s Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 24 Hours of Le Mans; two contesting the GTE Pro class and a single entry in GTE Am. The three entries will look to extend the brand’s 23 overall wins in FIA WEC; more than any other manufacturer.
With a raft of new regulation changes including a greater freedom on aero development, the team has unveiled its latest 2016 V8 Vantage GTE, the car that will support the outfit’s GTE Pro entries. Boasting a fully re-designed aerodynamic package including a distinctly pronounced new rear diffuser, the team remains confident that it will be able to challenge at the sharp end of what will prove to be an extremely competitive WEC field.
New for the 2016 season, Aston Martin Racing will run exclusively on Dunlop rubber throughout the FIA WEC. Working closely together on testing and development throughout the winter months, the V8 Vantage GTE will be equipped with the latest Sport Maxx GT racing tires.
To extract the ultimate performance from a world-class GT racer, a high-caliber squad of drivers is essential. Aston Martin Racing doesn’t disappoint for the new season and while retaining familiar faces, the team is proud to announce a rebalanced line-up in its GTE Pro entries, with all drivers held on long-term contracts.
The No. 95 GTE Pro entry will see the Danish pair of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen join Aston Martin Racing stalwart Darren Turner of the United Kingdom for the 2016 season. The second Pro entry of No. 97 will be occupied by the equally exciting trio of Richie Stanaway of New Zealabd, Jonny Adam of UK and Fernando Rees of Brazil.
In GTE Am, the No. 98 will return with an unchanged line-up, as Paul Dalla Lana of Canada hunts championship success alongside Pedro Lamy from Portugal and Mathias Lauda of Austria.
While the action promises to be exhilarating on the track, Aston Martin Racing is also pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration with French energy specialist Total. Joining the team for the 2016 season, Total will provide technical support both at the factory and each round of the WEC season. Boasting over 60 years of knowledge and research in automotive fluids, Total’s branding will also feature as part of the V8 Vantage GTE’s distinct new Stirling Green livery; a shade shared with the brand’s most select sports cars.
Meanwhile, in its 4th year of competition at the infamous Green Hell, Aston Martin will again field two V12 Vantage GT3s in the Nürburgring 24 Hours’ top-tier SP9 class, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to top-level international GT racing. The new 2016 V12 Vantage GT3, now also equipped with Dunlop rubber, will be cloaked by new sponsor IQ Option; a leading global binary option broker. The brand will provide full-livery backing to this year’s No. 007 N24 challenger, while also holding a prominent space on all FIA WEC entries.
All cars to be campaigned in the WEC, 24hrs of Le Mans and at the Nürburgring are derived from Aston Martin’s road-going Vantage range. Today’s Vantage line-up – comprising four distinct models using one of two advanced engines; V8 Vantage; V8 Vantage S; V12 Vantage S; and the exclusive Vantage GT12 – represents a clear and strong link between road car and race car.
Aston Martin Racing is also pleased to announce that men’s designer clothing brand Hackett, will continue its relationship with the team in 2016; supplying all team and replica wear.