Built for a new one-make Aston Martin Vantage racing series that will kick off next year.
We already know the Aston Martin Valkyrie will race in the new Le Mans hypercar class in 2021. But if you can't wait until then, Aston Martin has announced the Vantage supercar will compete in a special one-make race series next year. Developed by R-Motorsport, which already runs Aston Martin's DTM and Blancpain GT programs, the Vantage Cup is a high-performance racing version of the road-going Vantage and is powered by the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 uprated for racing, but technical specifications haven't been released. In the road-going Vantage, this V8 unit produces 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft torque.
Four Vantage Cup series are planned for the next four years, with the first launching in Europe next year before expanding into Asia in 2021. Each race will contain grids of up to 25 Vantage Cup cars jostling for position, which should make for some exciting close racing.
"The launch of the Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport is certain to be a highlight next season," said R-Motorsport boss 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."
"We are delighted that our brand will continue to be so well represented in international racing by R-Motorsport," Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer commented. "The Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport offers interested customers the ideal opportunity with which to further their motor racing ambitions."
Each Aston Martin Vantage Cup car will be priced at around €250,000 – that's around $270,000 and $120,000 more than the regular Vantage road car. R-Motorsport is also reportedly in discussions with DTM to have the new Vantage Cup championship run as a support series and will provide logistical and technical support for drivers.