Aston Martin reveals track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2017

In was in March 2017 when Aston Martin gave the world its first look at the Valkyrie hypercar. Back then, the brand also revealed that it would create 25 models that are track-exclusive with 150 units being road versions.

While the track-only model was developed at the same time as the road version, it does not face any considerations or limitations faced during road use. Indeed, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a track-only evolution of the brand’s most extreme model. This model is truly the ultimate expression when it comes to performance. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is the brainchild of one of Formula One’s most successful designer, Adrian Newey. The actual model is a result of a unique partnership between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the brand as well as with project partner AF Racing.

Powering this hypercar is the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, expected to deliver more power and even greater torque. The increases are due to the significant recalibration of the engine as well as the modifications on the emission control system equipped in the road version. It is important to note that the Rimac Energy Recovery System’s output is still the same though the controls systems are expected to be re-programmed.

One of the clearest changes would have to be on the exterior. All of the model’s aerodynamic surfaces have been improved to make sure that there is a noteworthy increase in the vehicle’s downforce. Examples of such changes include putting in larger wing elements on both the front and the rear. Modified as well are the active aerodynamic control strategies with the goal of making the model keep up with the needs of driving the tracks.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Dr. Andy Palmer shares that when it comes to Valkyrie, it has always been about redefining what is possible and on pushing the limits. The road car is a genuine hypercar and is expected to set the standards for technology, engineering, and performance. The track-only version meanwhile, he adds, will push the limits even further. This is a truly remarkable project, he continues, and is expected to move the brand and 25 of the most passionate customers to new territory.

Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Technology, shared that while the Valkyrie was about exceptional performance, it was crucially important that it works well as a genuine road car. However this would mean some restrictions. He added that with the Valkyrie AMR Pro being a track-only model, it came with a certain freedom that resulted in an evolution that had no such limitations. Newey said that although the road and track variants have similar core elements, each element of the AMR Pro has been optimized in order to increase the performance. Indeed, the level of performance is better than any previous two-seater closed roof car, he concluded.

As mentioned, only 25 units of the Valkyrie AMR Pros will be made, all of which have already been sold. Customers should expected deliveries by 2020.

Press Release

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR PRO: REDEFINING THE LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is an extraordinary track-only evolution of the most extreme Aston Martin in history. Developed in parallel with the road car, but freed from the constraints and considerations of road use, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is the ultimate expression of performance.

The brainchild of Adrian Newey - the most successful Formula One designer of all-time - and the product of the unique collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing, just 25 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pros will be built. Deliveries are expected in 2020. All cars are sold.

The most obvious changes have been made to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s exterior. All the aerodynamic surfaces have been revised in the pursuit of significantly increased downforce, including 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 naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine develops more power and torque - exact figures will be released in due course - thanks 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 (18in 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 F1TM 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.

The result of this unprecedented pursuit of performance is a genuinely mind-blowing car. One with a higher top speed (predicted to be close to 250mph), 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 - pace previously unthinkable in a car derived from a fully homologated road car.

Given the car’s extraordinary 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 F1TM drivers. This includes time in the simulator and professional on-track tuition, plus programmes to improve their physical fitness. They will then be ready to enjoy their cars to the full with a series of dedicated track events held at some of the world’s most prestigious race tracks.

Red Bull Technology’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, said: “While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints. However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, adds: “Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible. 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”.

Source: Aston Martin

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