Aston Martin may have already let go of its Le Mans' dreams after they announced the program's cancellation last year. But it seems they haven't given up on their Valkyrie-based hypercar just yet. After months of being quiet, the British marque has revealed the new images of the Valkyrie AMR Pro, and it's what the final car will look like.
Unlike the Valkyrie, which is a road-going model, the AMR Pro is strictly a track-only machine. Effectively, the car was born from Aston Martin's abandoned racing program. Since the car is not competing in Le Mans, it doesn't have to conform with the World Endurance Championship (WEC) regulations. That means the British marque can go all-out with the powertrain and aero.
Compared to the 2018 version, the production-version Valkyrie AMR Pro drops the hybrid system to save weight. Because of that, however, power has slightly gone down. From the 1,100+ combined horsepower in the 2018 concept, the track-only Aston Martin now packs 1,000 horsepower produced exclusively by the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 built by Cosworth.
Aside from ditching the hybrid system, Aston Martin also placed more lightweight components. The entire body and even several suspension components are made from carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the Perspex windshield and side windows help shave off additional pounds.
Although it's a bit hard to tell, the aero of the Valkyrie AMR Pro has also been revised compared to the model introduced in 2018. The final production car looks a lot more aggressive over the concept. It also looks longer too, which Aston Martin claims it's been stretched by 266mm over the road car, In addition, it has wider front and rear tracks. Other changes such as a more aggressive splitter and diffuser help improve the airflow. The British marque says the AMR Pro has twice the downforce over the standard road-going Valkyrie.
More details about the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be released at a later date. However, the automaker is targeting a lap time of 3 minutes 20 seconds around the Circuit de la Sarthe. For reference, the target time is roughly the same as an LMP1 car.
Only 40 cars plus two prototypes of the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built globally, and all examples will be in left-hand drive. Customer deliveries are scheduled to take place in Q4 2021. Considering there are a few AMR models in the country, do you think one of the Valkyrie AMR Pros will end up in the country?