Aston Martin has been getting some great results in racing, winning the 2016 FIA WEC GT Drivers’ Championship, 2 class victories in Le Mans 24 Hours and has now announced a AMR sub brand (Aston Martin Racing) to help capitalise on their racing success.
AMR is all about passing racing technology on to their road lineup, creating the most extreme and hardcore Aston’s in the process (and expensive no doubt).
Every Aston model in the line-up will have a hardcore AMR version, to show us what they will be about the first two AMR models have been revealed.
Meet the Rapide AMR and the Vantage AMR – looking very racey indeed!
The Rapide AMR starts off as a milder version of the full AMR overhaul, it’s still had serious tweaks including more power from its 6.0 litre V12, chassis modifications and in your face styling – you can’t miss the lime green highlights, new 21 inch wheels and aero tweaks for increased downforce.
No we get on to the Vantage AMR Pro, a non road legal track weapon. Fitted with their GT4 racing engine, this is their most powerful and certainly up there with the best on noise.
“AMR is something we have wanted to bring to fruition for some time. Cars such as the Vantage GT8 and Vantage GT12 confirmed that our customers love raw, race-bred models, but we also knew there was an opportunity to create cars that offer a sharper performance focus but stop short of those truly hardcore, special series models,” Aston’s CEO, Andy Palmer explained. “With the AMR brand we have the perfect platform to deliver both.”
“I’m incredibly excited to announce that we will be putting both the Vantage AMR Pro and Rapide AMR into production: the Vantage in an extremely limited series of no more than 7 cars; the Rapide as a run of only 210 cars. They are the start of something very exciting – a programme that will eventually see an AMR version of every model in the Aston Martin range”.