This onboard footage gives you unadulterated sound, and it's utterly glorious.
In June last year, British automaker Aston Martin revealed an even more ridiculous take on its already bonkers Valkyrie hypercar. Called the Valkyrie AMR Pro, this track-only special edition is intended to give buyers an experience that is as close to driving an F1 car as possible. For the "regular" Valkyrie, Aston Martin predicted around 4,000 pounds of downforce. For the AMR Pro, that figure is said to have doubled. Combine such immense grip with a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 that revs to 11,000 rpm and produces around 1,000 horsepower, and you have a machine that even the world's most skillful billionaires probably won't be able to fully exploit.
Most of us will never get to experience this, so hop on board as we go for a couple of laps around the Silverstone circuit with F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. Volume up.
Of course, we can't fully appreciate the experience as we can't feel all the vibrations and G forces, but even through the medium of a screen, you can see that the AMR Pro is an absolutely brutal machine. Both occupants are bouncing over the smallest of bumps, and the gearchanges are like thunderbolts. Through Copse Corner, one of the quickest turns on the track, the car registers over 2.5 G, and Hulkenberg thinks that figure may even be around 3 G in braking. Those brakes are especially noteworthy as they are carbon-on-carbon - no ceramic mixed in here. Even the Michelin tires used are those that Le Mans Prototype racers are fitted with just to cope with the stresses and strains of high-speed downforce that can cause regular tires to deform and explode.
Hulkenberg comments that he would like a little less understeer and he would prefer to be able to turn the traction control all the way off, but this is a car built for the world's mega-rich. Understeer is safer, and keeping the traction control on with 1,000 hp at your right foot is probably for the best too.
For the genuine Formula 1 driver, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is still a few levels short of the full F1 experience, but for the mere mortals who will buy these, this is as close as it gets, and we doubt many of them will ever be bored. Let's just hope Aston can sort out that buggy rearview camera before delivery. Then again, considering the way this car sounds, whether inside or outside the car, we can forgive a few minor development glitches.