You may recall that, at last year’s British Grand Prix, we were treated to the first ever demonstration laps of the sensational Aston Martin Valkyrie. Now, ahead of customer deliveries later this year, two more prototype vehicles have been completed and tested at Silverstone.
The two new prototypes are officially known as ‘verification prototypes’ and will ultimately form part of an eight strong fleet. All of these verification prototypes will be used to aid in the car’s physical development; after all, there’s only so much you can test in a simulator.
The additional prototypes broke cover earlier this week at a private Silverstone shakedown where Red Bull F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon and WEC drivers Darren Turner and Alex Lynn got to try the physical cars for the very first time.
As you’d expect, their initial reviews contained remarks such as “a lot of fun” and “it’s pretty special”.
News of the new Valkyrie prototypes came just days before the announcement that the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s appearance in the World Endurance Championship’s (WEC) new hypercar-class was to be postponed.
The decision comes after WEC decided that prototypes from the American IMSA championship would also be allowed to enter the 2021/22 season.
Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said:
“Aston Martin’s ambition to compete for the overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans remains undiminished, but it is only right that we reassess our position in light of a significant change in the landscape that was not anticipated when we committed last year.
We entered Aston Martin Valkyrie in WEC and at Le Mans with the understanding that we would be competing with similar machinery and like-minded manufacturers. The situation has changed and it makes sense for us to pause and reconsider our options.”
Shame. We were rather looking forward to seeing the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro screaming around Circuit de la Sarthe at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Do you think Aston Martin should still enter Valkyrie in the new hypercar-class? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.