Aston Martin reveals F1-rivalling track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin reveals F1-rivalling track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin reveals F1-rivalling track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

Red Bull and Aston Martin have revealed the first look at the 250mph track-only version of the Adrian Newey-designed Valkyrie hypercar. The standard Valkyrie, of which all 150 have been allocated, is priced between £2m and £3m. The end result was a significant gain in downforce compared to the regular Valkyrie, thanks in no short part to larger front and rear wing elements as well as active aerodynamic controls that were tweaked for track use.

Called the AMR Pro, the hardcore hypercar is expected to boast a price tag of "above £3m" and will have "more power" than the standard road-going version, the magazine says.

Larger front and rear wing elements have been added, and the Valkyrie AMR Pro now sits on 18-inch front and rear wheels, smaller than the road vehicle, which are shod in Michelin racing tires made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the WEC.

Items that are just unnecessary weight for track use, such as the onboard infotainment screen and heater, have been stripped out or replaced with more lightweight versions.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro announced with specialist track modifications

Though no specific figures have been provided, Aston assures us that the naturally-aspirated, 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 will produce more power and more torque than the road auto.

The AMR Pro's exhaust system will also be lighter because there are fewer silencing requirements on track cars. Formula-One inspired carbon brakes have also been fitted to the AMR Pro.

"The road auto 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". Flat out, the top speed is estimated to be around 400km/h, while the cornering force potential is in excess of 3.3g, with braking force of over 3.5g - this is serious rollercoaster territory. "However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro, we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions". While those aren't as hardcore as the near-fighter-pilot forces that a full-on, top-class race auto achieves, Red Bull says their simulations suggest that the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be able to meet an F1 or LMP1 race cars on pace. According to Red Bull Technology's extensive simulation work, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be capable of achieving lap times to rival those of a contemporary F1 or LMP1 vehicle - a pace previously unthinkable in a auto derived from a fully homologated road vehicle. "It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two-seat closed roof vehicle".

Aston Martin chief executive and president Andy Palmer said: "Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible. The road auto 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". A series of dedicated track events will also be hosted by Aston Martin and Red Bull to allow their customers to driver their cars to the limit.

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