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British firm joins forces with Swiss race team for attack on German tin-top championship

Aston Martin will join the German-based DTM touring car championship, and could start racing as soon as next season.

The British firm will partner with R-Motorsport, which already runs Aston Martins in GT racing. The Swiss team has already begun work on a DTM version of the Vantage and says that it could compete as early as 2019 if development progresses as scheduled. The deal is largely a customer project, unlike Aston Martin's Prodrive-run Le Mans GTE team.

The DTM runs for high-tech silhouette-style touring cars, built on space frame chassis and with extensive aerodynamic modifications. All the cars must be rear-wheel drive and feature 4.0-litre V8 engines, which produce more than 500bhp. Although based in Germany, this year’s 10-round series included a number of overseas events, including a race at Brands Hatch in Kent.

“This decision of a luxury sports car manufacturer such as Aston Martin is a historic event for our series and a milestone for the international orientation of DTM,” said series boss and ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger.

Aston Martin will take on BMW and Audi in the DTM and will effectively replace Mercedes, which is quitting the series at the end of this season to focus on F1 and Formula E. R-Motorsport has secured a joint venture with HWA, a long-term DTM partner of Mercedes, to develop, build and run the cars.

The number of Vantages the team will enter and the indentities of the drivers will be announced at a later date.

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JeremySherman 12 October 2018

Not that disappointed as I could be

So this car just fulfils the function, but not good and not bad. It gives me really plain feelings.

KiwiRob 12 October 2018

It’s a control chassis, the

It’s a control chassis, the same chassis is used in the Japanese SuperGT series. DTM is moving to align with the Japanese engine specs which is a 2.0 turbo 4 cylinder, not something that Aston Martin uses so where is the benefit to the brand?

Symanski 11 October 2018

"silhouette-style touring cars"

Under the skin they're nothing like their donor car.   It's just the AMG running with a new bodyshell.


Although if you suggested to Andy Palmer he could enter the world lawn mower championship with an Aston Martin branded (Honda) ride-on he'd jump at the chance!