Friday, August 14, 2009

Elite Aston Martin Vantage

U.S. tuner Elite has developed a special vehicle called the Le Mans Vantage Racer (LMV/R) that's based on the 2010 Aston Martin Vantage. It is extra lightweight and takes cues from the design of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.

Like the Scuderia and Superleggera, Elite set out to create a nimble version of a production street car. It chose the new Vantage, covered the car in carbon fiber and strapped on a few performance modifications in the process.

To improve performance, the Washington-based tuner installed a sport muffler with dual tips, big brake kit and lowering springs.

The bulk of the work was done on the exterior, thanks to a full carbon fiber body kit. It consists of a front bumper with screens, canards, front splitter, hood, wider fenders, side skirts, rear quarter-panel extensions, rear wing and diffuser. Matte black 20-inch wheels sit in the now 2-inch-wider wheelwells.

Other changes include a carbon fiber engine bay kit, fully customized Alcantara interior, serial-numbered plaque and LMV/R matte black stripes.

Elite will only be doing a run of 30 of the track-ready, lighter Vantages, which will be assembled in Florida. The package price is estimated at $173,000 plus the car. More information is available through Elite's exclusive distributor.

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