I have always loved Aston Martin. Growing up in Italy, seeing an Aston was a very rare thing…a thing of beauty! In 2005 the newly launched V8 Vantage instantly became my dream car and in 2012, when AM Racing entered the Vantage GTE in the World Endurance Championship, my 'Vantage addiction' evolved badly. I just loved the proper N/A V8 sounding engine and the jaw-dropping wide-bodied shape of that “race-spec” Vantage.
In Feb 2016, I heard rumors of an hardcore, lightweight, V8 Vantage being developed in secret by Aston Martin Special Operations I was lucky enough to secure an allocation. At the end of May 2017, #100, one of the last GT8 made, was finally delivered to me.
On the outside, the theme is 100% racing heritage. Whilst the very rare, but still very traditional, Aston Martin Racing Green pays homage to AM's LeMans24h victory in 1959, the exposed Carbon-fiber, together with the black rims on the lower section is more aligned to modern GTE racers.
The Racing theme carries on the inside with Yellow accents contrasting well the Pure Black interior, obviously in lightweight Alcantara.
Specified in a 3-pedal Manual configuration to fully match the GT8's analogue character, to keep the lightweight/back-to-basic theme going on, #100 has the optional factory-original Titanium exhaust system, lightweight wheels, manually adjustable seats, no steering technology/cruise control and no heavy B&O/premium stereo system.
This particular example, which is in perfect/as-new condition all throughout, features on the cover of Vantage Magazine (Winter 2019), on AMOC Quarterly (Winter 2019/20) and on EVO Magazine (May 2020).