Uncovered at Aston Martin’s stand at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, a track-only version of the marques new hypercar. Just like the initial sketches penned by Adrian Newey, one of the most successful Formula One designer of all-time, the Valkyrie AMR Pro resembles a Formula One race car more than the road car it was based on.
Compared to the road car, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is heavily revised to generate significantly more downforce. New items include a larger front splitter, aggressive rear elements, wider body and a ridiculous rear wing. Weight is also down to 1,000 kg thanks to lighter carbon fibre body construction, removal of heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens, polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, carbon fibre suspension wishbones, moulded race seats as well as a lighter exhaust system.
The active aerodynamics have also been recalibrated for maximum on-track performance, allowing the car to pull over 3gs of lateral acceleration in the corners – a figure Aston Martin claims to be the highest of track-cars that were converted from a fully homologated road car.
Not needing to comply with emission or noise regulations, Aston Martin completely unleashed the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12’s potential. The de-restricted V12 coupled with a reprogrammed Energy Recovery System control software gives the Valkyrie AMR Pro a combined output of 1,100 hp, meaning the car boasts a power-to-weight ratio of more than 1 hp per kilogram.
Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey said: “The Aston Martin Valkyrie road car draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula One, but the AMR Pro version has allowed me to work beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality! We’ve told a few of its secrets, but by no means all. I will leave it to the public to ponder the lap time predictions. Suffice to say they’re quite impressive.”
Only 25 units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built while the road-legal version is limited to 150 units worldwide. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2020 and all cars (including the road-going Valkyrie) have been spoken for. Full details of the car to be revleaed at a later date.