Aston Martin has unwrapped the Valkyrie AMR Pro, a track-only car the British automaker calls the “the radical evolution.” Aston says the Valkyrie AMR Pro “takes a car designed to win the Le Mans 24 Hours as its starting point, then pushes further to explore extremes of performance unconstrained by racing regulations or registration for road use.”
The AMR Pro started in 2019 when Aston Martin, Adrian Newey, Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT), and Multimatic worked on a Valkyrie race car design aimed at winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the new Hypercar class. That car forms the basis of the Valkyrie AMR Pro, benefitting from the Le Mans project’s race-optimized chassis, aerodynamic, and powertrain developments. And since the AMR Pro doesn’t have to meet any sanctioning body rules, it could well be even more capable than a car designed to win Le Mans.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro uses a modified Valkyrie chassis with a 15-inch longer wheelbase, 3.7-inch wider front track, and 4.5-inch wider rear track. The Valkyrie AMR Pro’s aero package adds 10.4-inches to the overall length, and thanks to underbody and over-wing airflow, the AMR Pro “comfortably delivers twice the amount of downforce than the Valkyrie road car, and [the Valkyrie AMR Pro] will achieve lateral acceleration of more than 3G,” Aston said.
Like the chassis, the AMR Pro also uses a modified version of the Valkyrie’s Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12. Revving to 11,000 rpm, the engine is on target to develop 1000 hp, Aston claims. Weight savings comes from deleting the battery-electric hybrid system, as well as adding carbon fiber bodywork, carbon suspension wishbones and Perspex windscreen and side windows. Aston says that when you add it all up, the AMR Pro “promises track performance approaching that of a Formula 1 car.”
Aston said more AMR Pro specification and performance details are coming later this year, adding that with a target lap time around the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit of 3 minutes 20 seconds, the Valkyrie AMR Pro would in theory be battling with the front running LMP1 cars for the outright Le Mans win.
Aston CEO Tobias Moers said, “The Valkyrie AMR Pro is testament to Aston Martin’s commitment to pure performance, and this performance DNA will be evident in our future product portfolio. Nothing else looks like it, nothing else sounds like it, and I am absolutely certain nothing else will drive like it.”
To complement the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro, customers get the chance to attend a bespoke track day experience, hosted by Aston Martin at a selection of international FIA circuits globally. The experience includes track and pit lane access, support from the Aston Martin Valkyrie Instructor team, as well as FIA exclusive race wear and a VIP hosted dinner. Track days are open to all Valkyrie customers, along with a selection of Art of Living experiences, driving some challenging roads in the UK and Europe, the Americas and beyond.
AMR Pro testing using simulation tools is done now, so physical testing is due to start shortly. Aston’s F1 drivers will be involved in the development driving.
All AMR Pros will be left-hand drive, with a production run of 40 cars plus two prototypes. First deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2021.
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