Aston Martin is all set to return to the scene of its 2017 GTE Pro class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend, but this time it’s taking an all-new car. 

The Vantage GTE is powered by the same 4-litre, V8 turbo that’s in the road car, albeit with a few tweaks from Aston Martin Racing. 

The two Vantages that Aston is taking to Le Mans will form part of a competitive 17-strong GTE Pro field that will see Aston Martin working hard to defend its title. 

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The first big challenge for Le Mans came when the #95 car crashed during testing at the hands of 27-year-old Danish driver Marco Sørensen. His accident at the Le Mans test day mean the AMR team’s engineers and technicians had to work round the clock in split shifts to ensure a new car could be rebuilt, shaken down and arrive at Le Mans ready for scrutineering just six days after the accident. 

Sørensen said the accident wasn’t ideal, but now he’s looking forward to the race: ’We didn’t have the best start for a Le Mans campaign with my accident but now obviously the mechanics are preparing a fresh car and I just cannot wait to go there and do a great job to do them justice for the amazing job they have done in such a short space of time.’

Aston Martin Racing team boss Paul Howarth said: ‘Le Mans has already thrown up many challenges to deal with this year,’ commending the team on its hard work to get the cars ready in time for the event. 

To celebrate the upcoming 24-hour race, Aston Martin has unveiled an inexplicably odd video which shows the extent of the preparations that its drivers have gone through ahead of the demanding endurance race. Watch below.