The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Will Be Almost as Fast as an F1 Car
Additional details on the track-only version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie have been released prior to its arrival in 2020.
The track-focused Valkyrie, dubbed Valkyrie AMR Pro, will be limited to just 25 units globally. It will be powered by the same 6.5-liter V12 and Rimac-developed hybrid system as the road car, but with output boosted by a yet to be specified amount. It will roll on smaller diameter 18-inch wheels, which make room in the wheel wells for meatier Michelin rubber made of the same compound as an LMP1 car. Bringing things to a stop will be F1-inspired, race-spec carbon ceramic brakes.
Aerodynamics and weight reduction will play a major role in the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s quick lap times. It will do away with some of the creature comforts of the road car, such as the HVAC and infotainment screens, and will also feature a polycarbonate windscreen, lighter carbon bodywork, new suspension uprights, carbon fiber suspension wishbones, molded race seats and a lighter and louder exhaust system. The aerodynamics, developed by Red Bull F1 technical chief Adrian Newey, will be further enhanced with larger front and rear wings and revised active aero parts.
Aston Martin claims the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be “capable of achieving lap performance to rival recent Formula One cars,” or LMP1 cars. The automaker predicts the top speed to be around 250 mph and that it will be capable of pulling 3.3g in the corners and more than 3.5g under braking. Given the car’s extreme performance, Aston says Valkyrie AMR Pro customers will be taken through an “intensive and comprehensive driver development programme,” prior to taking the car out on the track.
“Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. “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.”
The first Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Customers will take delivery of their cars in 2020, so expect the finished product to debut sometime in 2019.
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Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.
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