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Prodrive has launched a range of parts for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which improves the car's performance and enhances its driving experience. The range includes: a performance pack for the engine; new driver-adjustable suspension; unique forged wheels; and a discreet aero package.
Prodrive has tuned the 4.3 litre V8 engine to raise peak power from 380 hp to 425 hp, as well as increasing peak torque from 302 lb/ft to 325 lb/ft. This reduces the car's 0-62 mph time from 5.0 secs to 4.7 secs (est).
Prodrive has worked with suspension specialists, Bilstein and Eibach, to develop new driver-adjustable suspension. A switch in the cockpit allows the driver to choose between normal and sports mode. The normal mode has been designed to enhance the V8 Vantage's existing ride and handling characteristics, while the firmer sports mode delivers an even more focussed driving experience on the road or for track use.
The engine performance pack has a modified exhaust system with a low back pressure sports catalyst and a driver-controlled switch to manually override the V8 Vantage's exhaust valve. This gives the option of a quiet mode, where the valve is permanently closed; auto, where the valve operates as it does on the standard car; and sport mode, where the valve is permanently open (where conditions allow).
Prodrive has been working with Aston Martin since 2004 to develop the Aston Martin Racing programme which has seen the famous British marque's return to international sports car racing.
Prodrive is fully responsible for all aspects of the programmes, from the design and development of the DBR9 to running the works team in sports cars series across the world, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The team first competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005 and was victorious on its first outing. The team then won its second race at Silverstone in the FIA GT series, which was also the centenary of the Tourist Trophy. The team was on course for a class victory at its first outing at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, but some overheating problems meant that the team had to settle for third place.
Aston Martin Racing is currently involved in a testing and development schedule and will be running at Le Mans in June.
Prodrive also runs a customer car programme for the GT1 DBR9 and the GT3 DBRS9.
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