Aston Martin has pulled the covers off the Valkyrie AMR Pro, a track-only evolution of the most extreme Aston Martin in history. The Valkyrie AMR Pro, as the company states, has been developed in parallel with the road car, but is freed from the constraints and considerations of road use.
The brainchild of Adrian Newey and the product of the collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing, just 25 units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built. Deliveries are expected in 2020. And just so you know, all these units have been accounted for.
Changes to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s exterior include revised aerodynamic surfaces for significantly increased downforce and the addition of much larger front and rear wing elements, together with revised active aerodynamic control strategies tailored for the demands of track driving.
The hypercar’s 6.5-litre Cosworth-built NA V12 engine develops more power and torque when compared to the ‘standard’ model. The boost in figures can be attributed to a significant engine recalibration and the modification of the road car’s emission control systems. The output of the Rimac Energy Recovery System remains unchanged, but its control systems will be re-programmed.
The AMR Pro runs on wheels of a smaller diameter than the road car (18 inch front and rear) in order to facilitate the fitment of Michelin racing tyres, which are made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship. The AMR Pro also features F1 inspired race-spec carbon-carbon brakes as their performance characteristics are perfectly suited to the extremes of track use.
The opportunity has also been taken to make further weight savings, both through the removal of extraneous items such as the heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens fitted to the road car, and through the fitment of new ultra-lightweight track-specific components. These include polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, plus moulded race seats in place of the adjustable road car items. The AMR Pro’s exhaust system will also be lighter than that fitted to the road car due to the minimal silencing requirements.
This hypercar will have a top speed close to the 402 kmph mark, coupled to the ability to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. 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 car – a pace previously unthinkable in a car derived from a fully homologated road car.
Given the car’s capabilities, Valkyrie AMR Pro customers will be taken through an intensive and comprehensive driver development programme. Tailored to their individual experience and skill levels, owners will have access to the same facilities as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s F1 drivers. This includes time in the simulator and professional on-track tuition, plus programmes to improve their physical fitness. They will then be able to enjoy their cars to the full with a series of dedicated track events held at some of the world’s best race tracks.