Now, an auto show is not only place for carmakers to introduce new cars or concept cars, but also to show off its latest race cars or track-focused cars. In this year’s Geneva Motor Show, you can see some race cars make world debut. They are beast, fast, and badass (of course!).
Aston Martin shows off Vantage GT3 that is inspired by Vantage GT3 Race Car. Take it easy, it’s still a track-focused car just like its sibling. Some technical stuffs get exciting treatment. Under the hood, there are tweaked V12 6.0 liter engine produces 592 hp which is mated to 7-speed automated manual transmission, magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with center outlet.
Outside, the rear-wheel-drive car gets flared carbon fiber front wings, carbon fiber bonnet, a lithium-ion race-derived battery, carbon fiber door casing plus optional carbon fiber roof and polycarbonate rear windows. It causes its weight is just 1,565 kg. Furthermore, the GT3 also gets Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and 19-inch magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Aston Marin Vantage GT3 is limited to 100 units and the production will be begun at the third quarter of the year.
Beside the Vantage GT3, there’s another race car from British company. Named Aston Martin Vulcan, it’s an exotic-hypercar that was made for track use only. It’s the answer for Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR. Based-on Aston Martin One-77, Vulcan’s body is made by carbon fiber. The coupe has pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry, complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.
To stop the beast, Aston Martin immerses Brembo racing calipers on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes measuring 380 mm in diameter at the front and 360 mm at the rear. So, what’s hiding under the engine hood? There’s a naturally-aspirated V12 7.0 liter producing more than 800 hp. The monster is mated to Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox. 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan is only produced up to 24 units worldwide. According to David King, Director of Special Projects and Motorsports, said that they would be running a series of exclusive track days events commencing in 2016 that would offer opportunity to these customers to explore their driving capabilities.
Meet the all-new Audi R8 LMS. The racing version of 2016 R8 that is ready to compete in 24-Hour Races in Nurburgring and Spa. Developed and built by Quattro GmbH, the race car is lighter 25 kg than its predecessor. The engineers modified the body structure of the front end and a CFRP crash element at the rear that being used for the first time in GT3 class. The coupe features intelligent material mix of aluminum in the Audi Space Frame (ASF), a structural CFRP component and a steel roll cage. It makes its chassis 30 kg lighter.
To get more aerodynamic, R8 LMS gets fully line underfloor and integrated rear diffuser. The car is powered by V10 engine 5.2 liter producing 577 hp and mated to a new 6-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Quattro is ready to accept your order in the second half of the year.
Are you a rich man? Are you wealthy enough? And do you have a McLaren P1? If your answer is ‘yes’ for all those questions, then you can have and drive McLaren P1 GTR. McLaren said that they have received a plenty proposals from its customers to build crazier P1. So, they took that chance and developed PI GTR. The GTR is not a race car like Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K and Aston Martin Vulcan, neither for public road. The hypercar is only for those who wants to have a ‘toy’ and would play it in closed circuit.
Furthermore, the GTR doesn’t meet any requirements to join official race because it was built with no rules. P1 GTR weight is 110 pounds lighter and the engineers fitted racing slick, dropped the suspension and tweaked the aero package. Under the hood, there’s a 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo producing 986 hp. 2016 McLaren P1 GTR is limited up to 40 units worldwide.
Mercedes introduces Mercedes-AMG GT3 which is ready to compete in GT race competition. The engineers upgrades the aerodynamic, featuring huge rear wing and an equally enormous front splitter. Front bumper features quartet of winglets, so that it can add more downforce to the front end. At the rear, GT3 has been fitted with a none-too-subtle rear diffuser. GT3 brings the same V8 6.3 liter just like its predecessor.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Carscoops, Geneva Motor Show