Aston Martin wasted no time prepping the redesigned Vantage for racing

Hot on the heels of the redesigned Vantage, Aston Martin is rolling out a racing version of its new sports car. The Aston Martin Vantage GTE was developed in tandem with the road-going version, the company says, and will hit the track next year.

The race car was built for the FIA GTE class, which features modified production cars. GTE is the top class for production-based cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the Vantage GTE’s predecessor took two class wins. One of those wins came this year, against Ford’s mighty GT. The new Vantage GTE has some big tire tracks to fill.

On the outside, the race car looks fairly similar to the road car and, love it or hate it, the retina-searing Lime Essence paint from the road car is apparently replacing traditional British Racing Green. The race car also uses the same Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 as the road car, which can exceed 536 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, depending on how it is set up for individual races. But the similarities end there.

Look a bit closer, and you can see that the bodywork has been extensively modified. GTE cars must resemble the production models they are based on, but manufacturers get significantly leeway for alterations. So the Vantage GTE gets flared fenders, a slightly toned-down version of the controversial new grille, a big rear wing, and a massive rear diffuser that looks like a lawnmower deck. Don’t expect a luxurious cockpit either, as anything unessential was stripped out to save weight.

Aston Martin only has a few months before the Vantage GTE’s competition debut, but it’s done plenty of prep work in advance. The car has already completed 13,000 kilometers (just over 8,000 miles) of testing, including a 30-hour run at Spain’s Navarra circuit, and durability testing at the Sebring circuit in Florida. Built on decommissioned concrete airport runways, Sebring is known as a car breaker because of its rough racing surface.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship beginning next year. It will make its racing debut May 5 at the 6 Hours of Spa, the first race of the season.

Cars

Karma Automotive continues clawing back from the brink with three new cars

Karma Automotive will bring three new cars to the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, including a long overdue redesigned version of its Revero plug-in hybrid and an all-electric concept car.
Cars

James Bond may ditch his V12 Aston Martin for electric power, report says

James Bond may take the wheel of an electric car in the next 007 movie, reports British newspaper The Sun. The car in question would be the Aston Martin Rapide E, the British automaker's first all-electric model.
Cars

Ford to expand autonomous-car research in race to launch robo-taxi service

Ford is in a race with Waymo and GM Cruise to launch large-scale taxi and delivery services using autonomous vehicles. Already testing its technology in four U.S. cities, the automaker looks set to expand its program to a fifth.
Emerging Tech

Professional drone racing is flying onto Twitter this summer

Professional drone racing is coming to Twitter for the first time this summer. Organizers hope the streaming deal with the social media platform will help the growing sport to further broaden its audience.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: The Tesla Model Y takes on the Tesla Model 3

Tesla expanded its lineup with a fourth car named Model Y. It's an electric crossover positioned as a more spacious alternative to the Model 3. The two cars share about 75 percent of their components, but they're aimed at different buyers.
Cars

Can electric cars be S3XY? Tesla says yes with the new Model Y crossover

Tesla introduced a crossover named Model Y at its design studio in Los Angeles. It's a more spacious alternative to the Model 3 it shares 75 percent of its parts with, and is a smaller sibling to the Model X.
Cars

Automakers are spending billions on self-driving technology people are afraid of

Automakers are spending billions of dollars on developing the technology that will power self-driving cars, but research shows consumers have no interest in giving up control. Will they ever recoup their investment?
Cars

Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second station wagon will arrive in 2020

The Mission E Cross Turismo concept Porsche unveiled during the 2018 Geneva Auto Show will morph into a production model tentatively named Taycan Cross Turismo. This 600-horsepower electric station wagon will arrive in showrooms by 2021.
Cars

Mustang-like and electrified. What did Ford just show a preview of?

Ford posted an enigmatic picture of a blue Mustang emblem on a black background right as Tesla prepared to introduce the Model Y. Is the Blue Oval teasing a hybrid Mustang, or is it previewing a Mustang-inspired, battery-powered crossover?
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Cars

Unrestrained by heritage, Polestar sets its sights on becoming a digital brand

With no heritage to worry about, Polestar is free to move full-speed ahead towards its goal of becoming a digital brand. All of the company's upcoming models will be electric, and they will inaugurate an Android-powered infotainment system.
Cars

Audi’s traffic light information system shows the challenges facing V2X tech

Audi’s traffic light information system is among the first commercial applications of potentially game-changing V2X tech. So how does it work in the real world? We spent a few days getting stuck at red lights to find out.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

Fisker plans sub-$40,000 electric SUV with 300 miles of range for 2021

Fisker Inc. plans to launch an electric SUV with a base price of under $40,000, and a range of around 300 miles in 2021. The unnamed vehicle could compete with the Tesla Model Y, if it ever gets into production.