Now that the world has welcomed the new generation of the Aston Martin Vantage, the Gaydon-based carmaker is now focusing on preparing competition versions of the sports car. Set to be introduced to customer teams in 2019, the Vantage GT3 and GT4 will based on the road-going Vantage and GTE racer – the latter will make its debut during the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

The two new race cars will be built at Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, and will replace the V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4, which have proven to be well received. According to the company, 37 of 42 V12 Vantage GT3s built have been sold, while there are 124 examples of the GT4 car.

For the new Vantage GT3 and GT4, race-modified versions of the 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 used in the road car will be used. They will also be homologated for racing from March 1, 2019, and interested customers can already place theirs orders.

“We are very proud of the heritage we have established as a leading supplier of customer GT cars, with customers racing our cars all around the world. We told the clients who first purchased our GT3 cars seven years ago, that they would be buying a car that would be capable of winning races for years to come,” said John Gaw, managing director of Aston Martin Racing.

“This year we have already proved that with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3’s successes in the British GT Championship. That longevity is something that separates us from other manufacturers. I expect the new GT3 and GT4 to be just as competitive as the cars they are replacing and to remain so for a similar period of time,” he added.

GALLERY: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage