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.