March 31, 2008 Aston Martin Racing has revealed the first official pictures of the Vantage GT2. Based on the V8 engined Aston Martin Vantage and designed to run on both standard and E85 bio-ethanol fuel, the new race car will make its debut at the Le Mans Series at Barcelona on 5 April 2008.
The addition of the Vantage GT2 gives Aston Martin Racing a full complement of cars covering each of the four categories in the FIA GT Championship : GT1 – DBR9; GT2 – Vantage GT2; GT3 – DBRS9; GT4 – Vantage N24.
In conjunction with motorsport specialists Prodrive, Aston Martin converted the V12 DBRS9 to run on E85 during the 2007 season, becoming the first bio-fuelled car to win a major motorsport event in Britain in June. The GT2 however, is the company's first race car designed from scratch to run on bio-ethanol.