Moving up a level after finishing third in the JK Racing Asia Series championship last year, the 22-year-old has a clear career path ironed out ahead of the season which starts in April.
"The plan is to win the championship, then move on to the Volkswagen programme to race GT cars.
"We have come to that decision after some serious consideration," said Afiq, who will remain with Malaysia's MeritusGP team.
German manufacturer Volkswagen has pumped in more than US$2.1 billion (RM6.33 billion) into a marketing programme for Asia alone, which includes sponsorship of racing series and driver development.
"There are numerous seats in GT racing which will be filled by Volkswagen through selection via the Formula Masters series," said Afiq when met at the Sepang Circuit yesterday.
At the end of last season, Afiq was contemplating moving to the British F3 International Series but that series seems to have been hit by the economic troubles in Europe, as more and more European drivers shift their race programmes to Asia.
The Formula Masters this year will see an upgrade with the same chassis from the Formula Pilota which was driven by 1.4 litre turbocharged Fiat engines, being replaced by 195 bhp Formula Three-spec Volkswagen engines.
The series is also part of Volkswagen's selection process to fill race seats in GT and touring car series which they are involved in via their different marques -- Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Skoda and Seat.
"I think it is too late for me to look into going to Europe and trying to develop myself towards Formula One.
"Next year, I will be 23, so it is time for me to look at the long term prospects," said Afiq.
"After discussions with Peter Thompson (MeritusGP president), I've decided that it will be best to shift towards GT cars which provides decent career opportunities."
That means Afiq's season this year, while focused on Formula Masters, will include several races in GT series with a bigger aim of making it to the Le Mans Series.
"We're looking at several races to start with in the Audi R8 Cup to test the waters this year.
"The focus is still the Formula Masters and we are confident of having a good package to deliver the championship," said Afiq.