Limited to just 40 examples, the track-only AMR Pro ditches the hybrid system to lose weight and conquer Le Mansby Khris Bharath, on
In late June, a new extreme variant of the Aston Martin Valkyrie was leaked online. To put all the speculation to rest, the British sportscar maker rushed to formally unveil the Valkyrie AMR Pro. It features Formula 1 technology and was built through a collaboration with RedBull with the goal of making a record-breaking run at Le Mans.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro isn’t a brand-new model. We first saw it as a prototype at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2018, and now we get to see it in its ultimate form. The AMR Pro is built on an almost fanatical pursuit of lightness and aerodynamics.
The hybrid unit found on the standard Valkyrie was removed to save weight.
As a result, its power output has dropped from over 1,100 hp to over 1,000 hp in this latest model, which is powered by a Cosworth sourced 6.5-liter V-12 engine. Aston Martin describes this engine as nothing short of a masterpiece that is capable of reviving up to an insane 11,000 rpm.
Other weight-saving measures include such as ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork, carbon suspension springs, and Perspex windshield and side windows.
The vehicle is 380 mm longer, 96 mm wider in the front, and 116 mm wider in the back. The underbody has been extensively redesigned to allow for better airflow management, and new aerodynamic extensions effectively stick the Valkyrie AMR Pro to the track.
As per Aston Martin, this model creates double the downforce as the base model and achieves lateral acceleration peaks in excess of 3G, which is comparable to Formula 1 cars.
The automaker’s target is to get around the Le Mans track in 3 minutes and 20 seconds, which is very close to the timing of an LMP1 class racing car . Aston Martin’s Formula 1 squad and drivers Sebastian Vettel & Lance Stroll will also be involved in the final stages of this hypercar’s development.
With these new changes, the AMR Pro’s features now greatly outnumber those of a car meant to take a well-deserved victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the vehicle no longer needs to meet the limitations placed by race regulations on design and performance.
Customers who purchase an Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be able to participate in a personalized track experience provided by Aston Martin at a number of international FIA circuits all over the world. Track and pit lane access, assistance from the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s group of experts, a special FIA outfit, and a meal for a chosen few are all part of the program.
The company says it will provide more information in the following months, implying that its new product will eventually hit the track in due course. The test phase will start soon, with two prototypes being built by Aston Martin.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro is limited to just 40 units, all of which will be left-hand drive. The pricing has not yet been disclosed, but don’t be surprised if it runs into the millions. The very first deliveries of the car are scheduled for late 2021.