Aston Martin’s stand at the Geneva International Motor Show saw a very important announcement from Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer who confirmed the brand were committing to the FIA World Endurance Championship for a further five seasons.
That’s important on two fronts:
A long term commitment, in its own right, is a rare beast and in this instance guarantees that the Aston Martin brand will continue to contest the World Championship, and in particular the Le Mans 24 Hours for what, in world motorsport terms, constitutes the foreseeable future.
The second front is that this effectively confirms that Aston Martin will develop a new GTE spec car, likely based on the next generation Vantage road car, taking on the current efforts of Ford, Ferrari and Porsche and the forthcoming effort of BMW, plus any others that bite the GTE bullet.
Aston martin clearly value their current record as the manufacturer which has taken more class wins than any other in the five years so far of FIA WEC competition – 31 across GTE Pro and GTE Am, taking at least one class win in every season of the FIA WEC thus far and no fewer than five WEC title wins (1 x GTE Pro Drivers title, 1 x GTE Pro Team Title, 1 x GTE Am Teams Title and 2 x GTE Am Drivers Titles)
More on this story in the coming days we hope.