When you think of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it’s easy to get lost in the history and majesty of it, and today, a little more history has been made.
British firm Venture Engineering announced today that they will be entering the 2023 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, marking the first entry of any Aston Martin race car. The car will be in capable hands though, as Venture, a partner team of Aston Martin Racing, have run the famed race before and behind the wheel will be Robin Shute – the first Briton to win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and a three time overall winner.
He had this to say about today’s announcement, “It’s an honour to be racing this year with Venture Engineering – it’s very special for me to race a car with such storied racing roots back home in the UK. I can’t wait to make this Vantage GT3 roar up the mountain!”
The car, which will be based on the incredibly successful Vantage GT3 race car, which is based itself on the critically acclaimed Vantage road car. It will be powered by the same 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 engine that is optimized by Aston Martin Racing, in conjunction with Venture specifically for the challenge that comes with Pikes Peak. There will be additional technical developments that will include engine mapping, damper work, an upgraded aero and reduced weight package from existing and developmental parts, as well as bespoke gearing.
“This is an exciting, adventurous and challenging project that Venture are undertaking and we are looking forward to seeing how it progresses, and to assisting them in achieving their ambitions,” Head of Aston Martin Partner Racing, Huw Tasker, said. “It will be great to see Venture take on Peaks Peak in an Aston Martin.”
Venture’s 2023 entry is in the Time Attack 1 class, but they have plans to develop the car further into 2024 for a second run in the Unlimited class and have high confidence in their ability to build a winner.
“We’re excited to push the limits of the incredibly successful Vantage GT3 in a new racing discipline,” Andy Williamson, Commercial Director, Venture Engineering, said. “We also look forward to working with our technical partners over the coming months and years to develop this project into a winning entry.”
Pikes Peak is a true test of both car driver and has been since the self sanctioned event began in 1916. The twisting and turning 12.42 mile mountain track consists of over 156 turns and will take place in 2023 on Sunday, June 25th.
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