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Old 08-06-2003, 06:02   #1 (permalink)
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Aston GT project under way, Prodrive may become partner

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Aston Martin is looking for a partner to develop and help fund the GT race car that would herald its return to sports car racing. The Ford-owned manufacturer is in negotiations with several engineering specialists about entering into a joint venture.

The result would be a car aimed at taking on the Porsche 911 GT3-RS and Ferrari 360 Modena in the GT class at Le Mans and the FIA GT Championshipís N-GT class. Prodrive Engineering has the inside line on the deal.

Why Prodrive?
Wealthy Frenchman Frederic Dor has funded the firmís successful Ferrari 550 Maranello project and could provide Prodriveís share of the funding. Astonís strategy for its racing return has shifted over the past two years.

It had looked at a ground-up design aimed at the Le Mans GTS class, but that was rejected because the company failed to garner enough interest to push ahead with the run of 25 road cars necessary under Le Mans rules. Aston is now looking at a car built around the extruded aluminum chassis on which its entry-level model, the Vantage V8, and the second-generation DB7 will be based.
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