Aston Martin has announced a new Vantage Cup one-make championship that’s set to kick off next year.
R-Motorsport is heading up the series and already holds the Aston Martin license in DTM and Blancpain GT Series. The Vantage Cup will initially launch in Europe in 2020 and expand into Asia the following year.
Approximately 25 vehicles are expected to fill the racing grid, priced at roughly €250,000 ($277,112) each. No details about the new racer have been made public, other than it is an upgraded version of the V8-powered Vantage road car.
“The launch of the Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport is certain to be a highlight next season,” R-Motorsport boss Florian Kamelger said in a press conference. “The vehicle being developed and produced by Team AF Racing will be a racing car that can hold its own at the highest level and will delight both our customers competing in the races as well as the fans at the racetracks.”
On his part, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer commented: “We are delighted that our brand will continue to be so well represented in international racing by R-Motorsport. The Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport offers interested customers the ideal opportunity with which to further their motor racing ambitions.”
It is understood that R-Motorsport is in discussions with DTM, where it’s already competing with the Vantage (although that’s a different beast altogether due to the regulations) to have the new championship run as a support series.