A little while ago, we were astounded when we reported that Aston Martin would be building a track-only variant of their sensational Valkyrie hypercar. Unveiled in Geneva, the most extreme version of the most extreme Aston Martin has arrived.
Presented by Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, this outrageous new Aston Martin has been named “Valkyrie AMR Pro” and is a track-only evolution of Valkyrie – a joint road car project between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing that aimed to build a road going car that was faster around Silverstone than a Le Mans Prototype.
Whilst Aston Martin are yet to release all of the car’s technical specifications, what they have released it an astonishing read. To start, Aston Martin say that the car weighs in at just 1,000kg, thanks to lightweight construction, but is capable of generating more than this weight in downforce, courtesy of new higher-downforce aerodynamic elements.
Then there’s the engine – still featuring the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 hybrid powertrain as the road going version, calibration to the engine’s emission control systems and re-programming of the Energy Recovery System control software has seen the power output of Valkyrie AMR Pro raised to more than 1,100bhp.
Due to this massive output, Valkyrie AMR Pro boasts a power-to-weight ratio that exceeds 1:1 (more than 1bhp to every kilogram of mass).
The very ethos behind Project Valkyrie has always been to create a car that can complete astounding lap times; this is something that hasn’t changed when it comes to the track-only variant. As such, the high-downforce setup of the Valkyrie AMR Pro allows it to achieve lateral acceleration in excess of 3G and reach a top speed of 225mph.
To achieve these remarkable figures, the Valkyrie AMR Pro features wider bodywork and larger front and rear wing elements – the latter all benefitting from revised active aerodynamic control strategies that have been honed to the demands of track driving. The result is a car that is capable of producing more downforce than the weight of the car itself.
With the aim of reaching the car’s 1,000kg weight target, the already sparse cabin has undergone true racing car treatment; as such, the heater/de-mister and infotainment screens fitted to the road car have all been removed. Alongside the interior weight-saving efforts, Aston Martin have saved weight through the fitment of a lightweight polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, carbon fibre suspension wishbones, moulded race seats and a lighter exhaust system.
We’re sure you’ll agree when we say that Aston Martin’s Valkyrie AMR Pro truly lives up to its title of ‘most extreme version of the most extreme Aston Martin ever’. Only 25 Valkyrie AMR Pro’s will be produced and deliveries are expected to begin in 2020 – we’re really looking forward to seeing this incredible machine out on track.