Aston Martin and R-Motorsport have jointly launched a new single-make competition which is set to debut next year.
Unveiled at a press conference at the Nürburgring on Friday, the Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport will begin with a European championship in 2020, before expanding to Asia for the 2021 season.
The Vantage Cup car will be a race-tuned version of the road-going V8 Vantage, retaining its four-liter, twin-turbo engine configuration, and will be sold for €250,000 ($280,000 US).
Logistical and technical support will be provided by R-Motorsport, while the company is in the process of finalizing its transport and storage plan for the maximum 25-car grid.
The new series joins R-Motorsport and Aston Martin’s other motorsport collaborations in customer racing with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, and in DTM where the Swiss company holds a licensing agreement to run the British marque’s logo on its cars.
R-Motorsport’s parent company AF Racing is also one of the founding partners of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar program for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“The launch of the Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport is certain to be a highlight next season”, said R-Motorsport team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger.
“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.”
Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO Andy Palmer added: “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 racing ambitions.”