2017 Season

Ross Gunn will race with Beechdean AMR in the ELMS GTE Class


European Le Mans Series - GTE Class

The European Le Mans Series is a natural training ground for drivers wanting to tackle the FIA World Endurance Championship. 

Drivers competing in LMP2 and LMGTE are racing the same machinery that competes on the world stage - perhaps future world champions will be found on the ELMS grid. The duty of the ELMS is to offer its competitors a full season to race their cars on some of the best tracks in Europe, while keeping tight control of the costs associated with running in a top European wide series. Also the champions will be offered a place on the grid of the 2018 24 Heures du Mans, which gives an extra, important dimension to the title race across the categories.

The calendar visits various historic circuits such as Silverstone, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps. The full calendar consists of the following circuits:

The Car

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE's foundation is the V8 Vantage road car. The Vantage GTE uses the very same aluminium chassis as the road car and the core of its engine, the cylinder block, cylinder heads and crank shaft.

There are minimum weight limits in sports car racing and for the GTE class it is 1245 kg, around 400 kg less than the road car. Significant weight is saved in the bodywork where carbon fibre panels replace the already lightweight aluminium in the road car. The interior of the car is also stripped as items like electrically-controlled leather seats, in-car entertainment and sound proofing are not needed.

The overall shape and silhouette of the car has to remain the same under the regulations, however aerodynamics are crucial in enhancing performance.

The new 2016/17 GTE regulations allow for significant changes to the car’s aerodynamics to increase downforce and reduce lap times.
The most striking of these is the ability to fit an extended rear diffuser, which can now protrude 100 mm beyond the rear of the car. The rear wing can also be extended to the same distance. At the front, the splitter has been redesigned to improve airflow under the car, to optimise the new diffuser.

From a safety viewpoint the GTE will feature the latest 8862 seat; impact foam in the driver’s door; as well as removable door glazing and a mandatory roof access hatch to aid driver extraction in an emergency.

The Aston Martin GTE has been one of the most successful GT race cars in recent years; notably being victorious in the Le Mans 24 Hours, European Le Mans Series and multiple victories and championships in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Ross Gunn and Beechdean AMR will be competing to retain the ELMS Championship in the 2017 season.

Technical Specification

  • 6.0l V8 Aston Martin Vantage
  • Power > 480BHP
  • Torque > 500Nm
  • Dry weight 1245 kg
  • Xtrac 6 speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox
  • Lightweight aluminium chassis
  • Steel roll cage to FIA safety standard
  • 95l fuel cell designed to FIA safety standards
  • Six pot front Brembo calipers
  • Four pot rear Brembo calipers, vented discs, Pagid RS pads
  • Bespoke lightweight pedal box
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Four way adjustable Bilstein dampers
  • Racetech FIA carbon fibre seat
  • Schroth six point safety harness

GTE Aerodynamics

  • Full aerodynamic update to 2017 LMGTE regulations
  • Lightweight carbon fibre bodywork
  • Aerodynamic designed front splitter & floor
  • CFD optimised aerodynamics, including splitter and diffuser
  • Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing
  • Length 4450 mm
  • Width 1934/1956 mm
  • Height 1500 mm
  • Wheelbase 2600 mm

Beechdean AMR

Beechdean AMR is a multiple GT title winning outfit, competing in the Le Mans 24 hour race, European Le Mans Series and British GT.

The team was founded by Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream founder Andrew Howard, and has competed in the British GT Championship.

Howard became the 2013 British GT champion after winning the title in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

For 2014 the team expanded to include a GT4 class Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, driven by Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings who went on to claim the GT4 championship.

In 2015 Beechdean completed the double by winning both the GT3 and GT4 classes in the same season. Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn took the GT4 championship while Howard went on to win the GT3 title for the second time. On this occasion he shared the honours with his co-driver Jonathan Adam.

2016 saw the team narrowly miss out on a second successive GT4 championship with Ross Gunn and Jack Bartholomew.
In GT3, the team was forced to miss around due to car damage sustained in an ELMS race, therefore finishing 8th overall in the standings.

2017 will see the team take a one year sabbatical from the British GT Championship to focus on the main goal of winning the ELMS GTE Championship with their Aston Martin Vantage.
Ross Gunn with drive alongside teammates Andrew Howard and Darren Turner as they bid to add another title to their collection.