It looks like a Le Mans racer.
Aston Martin is preparing to battle the Mercedes-AMG One with the Valkyrie, a road-legal hypercar with Formula 1 tech co-developed with Red Bull Racing. The Valkyrie was first previewed by the AM-RB 001 Concept way back in 2016, so it's been a long time coming. With deliveries starting in the second half of this year, an Aston Martin Valkyrie was recently spotted being tested on the public road, and it looks and sounds glorious.
But just when you thought the Valkyrie couldn't get any more extreme, Aston Martin is teasing a mysterious new hardcore variant on social media.
Shown in a shadowy teaser image, details about the new mystery Valkyrie are being kept under wraps, but Aston Martin has confirmed it will be revealed in just a few days on June 28th. Compared to regular Valkyrie, this new variant appears to have wider fenders, a prominent roof scoop, and a significantly larger, Le Mans-style rear wing, which indicates it almost certainly won't be road legal. In fact, the design matches the new track-focused Valkyrie that leaked online just a few days ago.
This new variant could be the final production version of the track-only Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, which was shown as a concept back in 2018. Production of Aston Martin's new track weapon will be limited to only 25 units, while the road-legal version will be restricted to 150 examples.
Alternatively, it could be an even more hardcore version of the Valkyrie that will race at Le Mans. Originally, Aston Martin was planning to enter two Valkyrie race cars in the new Le Mans Hypercar class this year, but the development of these cars was postponed.
Aston Martin also returned to Formula 1 this year, so a Valkyrie Le Mans racer would help put the British brand back on the motorsport map. Like the road car, the new Valkyrie track racer will be powered by a superb-sounding, naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 that screams all the way to 10,500 rpm. Combined with a hybrid system developed by Rimac, this unit generates a whopping 1,160 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque.