Aston’s hypercar goes track-only, offers F1-esque speed

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.

That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.

Updated 03/14/2018: We updated our review with the official details and images released at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Exterior

  • Takes road-going variant to even greater extremes
  • Bigger wings front and back
  • Extra vents and blades
  • More downforce
  • Smaller, 18-inch wheels
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Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics.

Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics. You still get the ultra-wide, ultra-low stance of a hardcore performance machine, plus big aero, a teardrop-shaped greenhouse, and plumped-up fenders stuffed by large-diameter wheels with flat exterior covers. A scoop on the roof once again leads to a rear fin that matches up to the rear wing.

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However, while the same general shape is still there, the AMR Pro manages to turn the whole thing up to 11

However, while the same general shape is still there, the AMR Pro manages to turn the whole thing up to 11. Aston says it tweaked the aero to create more downforce, starting with larger wings in the front and in the rear. We also notice new wing blades behind the front wheels, which presumably help to vent the hot air around the brakes without impacting the front-end downforce dynamics. Just ahead of the windshield is an additional vent for the nose. The headlights consist of extremely thin vertical slits placed towards the outward edges of the front fenders, while the taillights include a quartet or horizontal slits in the tail.

Finally, Aston says the active aero systems were tweaked and tuned for more hardcore track duty, while the wheels were downsized to 18 inches in diameter to mount the uber-sticky Michelin rubber (more on that in a bit).

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Interior

  • Simple and barebones approach
  • Basically a carbon fiber cocoon
  • Fixed racing buckets replace street car’s adjustable seats
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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

The seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car

Unfortunately, Aston has yet to give us even a rendering of what to expect inside the AMR Pro’s cabin, but based on what we’ve seen from the road-going variant, there are a few assumptions to be made.

First off, let’s look at the “standard” Valkyrie. Climb into this thing, and you’ll find yourself wrapped in a cocoon of carbon. It’s a tight fit, but then again, it needs to be considering this machine’s ludicrous performance potential. A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel.” A complementary info screen is mounted on the dash, while two side screens project rear video feeds in place of the traditional side-view mirrors (aero is king, after all).

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A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel".

In addition to all the carbon, the road-going Valkyrie gets Alcantara and metal trim pieces painted in gold. A six-point harness is offered for track duty, and should comes as standard equipment in the AMR Pro.

Finally, the seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car, and Aston says it’ll equip molded racing bucket seats in place of the road car’s adjustable units.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Drivetrain

  • More power and torque from hybrid 6.5-liter V-12
  • Top speed hits 225 mph
  • No major changes to the powertrain set-up
  • Cosworth-derived engine
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Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1.

Mounted in the middle of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 power plant from the legendary British motorsport engineering company Cosworth. Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 is electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1. However, the racing car trumps its steerable sibling with even more power and torque. We have yet to get all the specifics, but Aston does say it’ll come with more than 1,100 ponies, besting the highly coveted 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

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We have yet to get all the specifics, but Aston does say the Valkyrie AMR Pro will come with more than 1,100 ponies.

That’s pretty nuts if you ask us, but it gets better. With the extra output, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the AMR Pro can hit 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Aston also says that “the single-minded pursuit of top speed has never been part of the Valkyrie ethos, yet even in high-downforce track configuration the AMR Pro is still capable of hitting 225 mph.”

Accomplishing this incredible feat is a new engine tune and high-flow emission control system. Finally, the Rimac Energy Recovery System is identical, but gets an update with reprogrammed control systems.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Chassis And Handling

  • Lighter carbon fiber bodywork
  • Polycarbonate sheets instead of glass
  • Carbon fiber wishbone suspension
  • Formula 1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes
  • LMP1-spec Michelin tires
  • 3.3 G’s of cornering force
  • 3.5 G’s of braking force
  • Lap times similar to a modern F1 car
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Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light

As you might expect, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro manages to sacrifice a few extraneous pounds in the name of more speed. First on the chopping block are those superfluous features designed for basic street comfort, like the heater and infotainment system. Next, the glass windshield was tossed in favor of a polycarbonate sheet, which gains a lightweight heater element in place of the standard de-mister. Polycarbonate was also used for the side windows.

Additionally, Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light. There’s also a lightweight exhaust system (which is also louder, by the way) and lightweight carbon racing bucket seats. The suspension was also updated with new uprights and carbon fiber wishbones.

The result of this diet? A curb weight of just 1,000 kg (2,205 pounds).

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Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.

Hauling it down are brakes inspired by Formula 1, with race-spec carbon-carbon construction. Michelin tires are used for stick, and run the same specification as the LMP1 cars that compete in the World Endurance Championship.

Amazingly, Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. And that is a mighty claim indeed! What’s more, Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.

Holy crap.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Prices

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Aston says only 25 of these mad machines will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2020. All 25 are already spoken for. How much each customer paid is still under wraps, but if we were to guess, $3 million to $4 million is probably about right.

Those folks lucky enough to snag one will get to participate in “an intensive and comprehensive driver development program” that’s customized to their skill level and racing experience. The program includes access to the same resources as Aston Martin Red Bull’s pro drivers, such as time in the simulator, on-track training, and even a physical fitness regimen.

And since the AMR Pro doesn’t appear to be eligible for any specific racing series, customers will be offered a chance to, uh, actually drive their car in a series of track events all over the world.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Competition

Ferrari FXX K

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Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only variant of a simply insane road-going hybrid hypercar, and like the AMR Pro, the FXX K has what it takes to melt your face into a puddle. The exterior is pure spaceship, with lots of active wings and seemingly endless downforce, while an engineering degree is required to operate the cockpit controls. And that’s important, because actually driving this thing is not an activity for the careless. Mounted behind the carbon seats is a 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor combo that produces as much as 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ferrari FXX K.

Mercedes-AMG Project One

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If it’s a true Formula 1 experience that you’re after, minus the politics of course, then Mercedes-AMG has a solution. The Project One was designed with the specific goal of bringing F1-style performance to the street, coming equipped with a turbocharged and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that’ll spin to 11,000 rpm. Output is rated at more than 1,000 horsepower. The engine is even constructed in the same factory as Merc’s F1 powerplants. The rest of the spec was built to complement that insane ‘six, with big wing, AWD grip, multi-stage ESP, carbon ceramic brakes, and multi-link pushrod suspension.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Conclusion

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At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists.

All told, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks to be one helluva toy. The performance promises it makes are borderline unbelievable, so much so we’re tempted to start calling BS. However, this is Aston Martin and Adrian Newey we’re talking about, and if this thing can run with a modern F1 car, then dammit, they’ll know it.

At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists. It shows just how far you can take go-fast technology, pushing an extreme into uncharted territory. Adrian Newey’s take is spot on –

“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,” Newey says. “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 optimized to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

We can’t wait to see what it can do in real life.

  • Leave it
    • * An outrageously expensive toy
    • * Ineligible for any race series
    • * Already sold out

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie

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Press release

Aston Martin has played the ultimate Top Trumps card at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show with the world debut of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro - the sensational track-only evolution of the marque’s spectacular hypercar.

Taking the world’s most extreme road car as its basis, the AMR Pro version distills the combined knowledge, expertise and aspirations of Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and Aston Martin’s most talented design and engineering teams, led by Marek Reichman - Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer - and David King - Chief Special Operations Officer - to create a car with the performance capabilities of a current Le Mans LMP1 prototype or Formula One car.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro completed a magnificent trio of track thoroughbreds displayed on Aston Martin’s new Geneva Show area at stand #2229, located in Hall 2 of the Palexpo Exhibition Centre. Flanked by the 2018 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1TM show car and Aston Martin Racing’s new Vantage GTE World Endurance Championship challenger, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro was unveiled by Newey and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal, Christian Horner. Joining them were Reichman and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer - the official watch partner of Aston Martin and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

Full technical details of the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be revealed in due course, but those headline figures that can be disclosed provide a remarkable statement of intent. Key to the car’s unprecedented track performance are its lightweight construction and high-downforce aerodynamics - a combination that will result in a car that weighs 1000kg, yet is capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce.

To achieve this remarkable figure all the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s aerodynamic surfaces have been revised in the pursuit of significantly increased downforce. Most obvious changes are wider bodywork and much larger front and rear wing elements, which together with revised active aerodynamic control strategies tailored for the demands of track driving. In order to save weight this bodywork uses a lighter construction of carbon fibre. Likewise the removal of 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 such as a polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, carbon fibre suspension wishbones, moulded race seats and a lighter exhaust system ensure the AMR Pro hits its 1000kg weight target.

Calibration changes to the 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine’s emission control systems and re-programming of the Energy Recovery System control software will result in a combined power output of more than 1100bhp - more than the Valkyrie road car and a figure than comfortably exceeds the magic 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. That’s to say more than 1bhp to propel every kilogram of mass.

The single-minded pursuit of top speed has never been part of the Valkyrie ethos, yet even in high-downforce track configuration the AMR Pro is still capable of hitting 225mph. Of far greater benefit to lap time is the track-only Valkyrie’s ability to achieve lateral acceleration in excess of 3G - a figure far beyond that of any other car derived from a fully homologated road car.

Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey said: “Seeing the Valkyrie AMR Pro and this year’s Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1TM show car together at Geneva is a special moment for me. The Aston Martin Valkyrie road car draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula One, but the AMR Pro version has allowed me to work beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality! We’ve told a few of its secrets, but by no means all. I will leave it to the public to ponder the lap time predictions. Suffice to say they’re quite impressive.”

Commenting from the Geneva Show stand, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer, said of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro: “Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a true racer at heart, so to see the track-only Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro together with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Formula One and Aston Martin’s World Endurance Championship cars here at Geneva is fabulous. I’m starting to get used to some of the extraordinary things Adrian (Newey), Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin and all our exceptional technical partners - now including Mobil 1 and Esso as Valkyrie’s official oil and fuel partners - are capable of, but the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is something truly mind-bending.”

Speaking at the debut event, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing said: “It is hugely rewarding to see the Valkyrie AMR Pro unveiled here in Geneva, another evolutionary step in the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin. We set out together with an ambitious and pioneering road map to create something extraordinary in partnership, and the Valkyrie AMR Pro is yet another turn of that wheel.”

Just 25 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pros will be built. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2020. All cars are sold.

The 88th Geneva Motor Show opens to media and VIPs on March 6th. Public days are March 8th to 18th.

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