After unveiling the Valkyrie hypercar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and revealing specification four months later, Aston Martin wasted no time in upping the ante and taking the Valkyrie to the next level.
The British luxury sports car maker is in the midst of development and production of a track-only version of what is already considered the most extreme Aston Martin in history.
Taking its cue from the road car, this ‘ultimate expression of performance’ by the automaker is the product of the collaboration between F1 designer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.
Called the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, it will use the same 6.5L Cosworth-built V12 but will have more power than the 1000 PS of the road car. Control systems will be reprogrammed but the Rimac Energy Recovery Systems will be the same.
The stark differences between the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro will be found on the exterior. All aerodynamic features on the track-only version have been changed to drastically increase downforce. It will now come with larger front and rear wing elements, and revised active aerodynamic control strategies to meet the challenges of conquering the track.
Wheels on the AMR Pro will be smaller at 18 inches, front and rear, to be able to accommodate Michelin racing tires, the same ones used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship.
Brakes will be race-spec carbon-carbon that takes inspiration from Formula 1 with performance characteristics suited for the track.
The reduce weight, the heater/de-mister has been removed along with the infotainment screen and by using ultra-lightweight, track-specific components like polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fiber bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fiber wishbones, molded race seats, and a lighter exhaust system.
Top speed is predicted at 250 mph (402 kph) with capacity to take cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g.
Simulation done by Red Bull Technology indicates that the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will achieve lap times that will rival a contemporary F1 or LMP1 car.
Only 25 models will be made and will be delivered by 2020. If this has whet your appetite to go get a reservation for one, sorry but all units are already sold out.
Future owners will be given an intensive and comprehensive driver development program that will be tailored to fit their experience and skill level. They will be given access to the same facilities (simulator and pro on-track tuition, and physical fitness program) used by Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s F1 drivers.
“While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints. However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car,” said Red Bull Technology’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey.
“Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible. The road car will set new benchmarks for performance, engineering and technology - a hypercar in the truest sense - and with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro those limits will be pushed further still. It’s a remarkable project. One that’s propelling Aston Martin and 25 of our most passionate customers into a new and extraordinary realm,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer.