When Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie in full, the company confirmed that they will only build 150 road cars and 25 track cars throughout the span of its production. Much has been detailed about the road legal versions but not much has been said about the track-only Valkyrie, until now.
The track-only Valkyrie gets blessed with the Aston Martin Racing (AMR) nameplate with the official title: Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. Penned by Adrian Newey – the most successful Formula One designer of all-time with technical collaborations between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing, the Valkyrie AMR Pro has its crosshair set on Formula One cars.
The already stunning exterior design of the regular Valkyrie has been reworked with larger front and rear wing elements to significantly increase the overall downforce. The active aerodynamic controls have been tailored specifically for on-track performance. The Valkyrie AMR Pro also runs on smaller 18-inch alloys on all four corners to facilitate the fitment of Michelin racing tyres used on LMP1 cars. You can tell for a fact now that Aston Martin has ditched all show for go.
Besides that, the already lightweight road car went through a weight saving exercise – removal of creature comfort items such as infotainment screens, polycarbonate windscreen, side windows complements lighter carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension components, carbon fibre wishbones and moulded race seats. It also gets a lighter exhaust system because silencing requirements are not applicable to the track car.
The lighter bodywork is coupled with a retuned 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 with hybrid technology that develops even more power and torque (official figures to be released in due course), the Valkyrie AMR Pro is said to achieve speeds of 402 km/h. The track weapon is capable of sustaining cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and deceleration of 3.5g. Based on Red Bull Technology’s internal simulations, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is capable of achieving lap times of a modern F1 or LMP1 car.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “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”.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Aston Martin Valkyrie road car