The track-only hypercar aims to break all the rules.
The wait is finally over. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track-only hypercar has arrived and it's beyond impressive. Described by the UK automaker as a "radical evolution" of the Valkyrie road car, the Valkyrie AMR Pro ditches the road car's hybrid system and gains an extreme aerodynamic body kit with the aim of delivering outstanding performance and driving capabilities.
Let's start with the engine. As part of a greater effort to achieve the fastest lap times and massive weight reduction, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is powered by a modified version of the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 that revs all the way to 11,000 rpm and generates around 1,000 horsepower, a slight decrease from the Valkyrie's 1,160 hp.
Thanks to ditching the heavy hybrid system and other weight-saving measures such as adding more carbon fiber throughout the body, a carbon suspension, and Perspex side windows and windscreen, the car's aerodynamic efficiency exceeds those of Le Mans hypercar regulations.
Track performance is darn close to that of an F1 car. Additional performance specs will be released in the coming months, but Aston Martin says it's targeting a lap time around the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit of just 3 minutes and 20 seconds. To give you a better idea of just how insanely fast this is, Toyota's LMP1 race cars have lapped the circuit in as little as 3 minutes and 14.791 seconds.
Compared to the street-legal Valkyrie, recently the subject of a lawsuit filed by the carmaker against a Swiss dealer, the Valkyrie AMR Pro's chassis is 14.96 inches (380 mm) longer at the wheelbase, 3.77 inches (96 mm) wider up front, and 4.5 inches (115 mm) wider at the rear.
Engineers further developed an aggressive aerodynamic package that increases overall length by 10.4 inches (266 mm) and delivers twice the amount of downforce compared to that of the road car. And - wait for it - lateral acceleration is reportedly more than 3G.
When Aston Martin first revealed the AMR Pro concept at Geneva in 2018, it said just 25 examples will be built. That figure has now increased to 40 units plus two prototypes. Every car will be left-hand drive and customer deliveries are due to begin this winter.
Pricing hasn't been announced and all buyers will be invited to a special track day experience hosted by Aston Martin at a choice of FIA circuits. There they'll be treated to track and pit lane access and professional driving instruction.