Aston confirms Valkyrie for WEC Hypercar class

Understandably, the introduction of a 'hypercar' class for the World Endurance Championship from September 2020 has met with some enthusiasm. Replacing the current LMP1 class, the hypercars will see the return of production-derived sportscars racing at the highest level; if it can capture the imagination like the GT1 class did in the late 1990s, the FIA will have a very popular series on its hands.

Today Aston Martin has ramped up the hypercar excitement, with confirmation of two works Valkyries for the inaugural season. The cars will compete in the entire super season from September 2020, including the 2021 Le Mans - marking a century since an Aston first competed at La Sarthe.

The manufacturer makes no bones about its intentions for victory in the race - and the world championship - citing the many years that have passed since the McLaren F1 claimed a win for a "British-built derivative of a road car". The Valkyrie will race with a motorsport prepared version of its 11,000rpm, 6.5-litre V12 - imagine the noise that'll make - as well as carrying over the chassis and aerodynamic innovations of the road car. With part of the aim for the hypercar class to reduce costs somewhat over P1 (all things being relative), the Valkyrie for Le Mans and the rest of the WEC calendar should closely resemble the road car.

For those enthused by the prospect of a pair of 1,000hp, V12 Aston Martins racing at Le Mans, you're certainly not alone. Andy Palmer said of the news: "The Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such a challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO's new 'hypercar' rule framework. Bringing to bear all of our previous experience and knowledge of competing at the top levels of motorsport, we embark on this most ambitious project with the necessary ingredients for success."

So while the Valkyrie will arrive a couple of years too late to mark 60 years of Aston's 24 Hours victory with another, suffice it to say there will be plenty willing it on when 2021 comes. We look forward to seeing the rest of the field in due course...

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  • Fetchez la vache 14 Jun 2019

    So.... who else has signed up for this class?

  • C.A.R. 14 Jun 2019

    Wouldn't it be great if the Mercedes AMG-One got entered too?

    What else could we have?!

  • slow_1 14 Jun 2019

    C.A.R. said:
    Wouldn't it be great if the Mercedes AMG-One got entered too?

    What else could we have?!
    McLaren Senna GTR

  • NFC 85 Vette 14 Jun 2019

    It's good news that the Hypercar class is happening, because LMP1 is unfortunately not what it was now there's little racing at the top (those years when Audi, Porsche and Toyota were duking it out were quite good). With a few manufacturers involved in the hypercars, there might be some good racing, with cars that represent an evolution of a road going equivalent, rather than the prototypes we currently have.

    At a guess:

    AM Valkyrie
    AMG Project One
    McLaren Speedtail / P1 GTR / Senna GTR
    Ferrari (something)

    Not sure if Porsche have something planned?

    Edited by NFC 85 Vette on Friday 14th June 10:56

  • MG CHRIS 14 Jun 2019

    Toyota and Aston Martin for first year by kolles team have made noises of making a new car along with Glickenhaus, oreca and rebellion all have been waiting on final confirmation from the organisers.
    Whoever there will be balance of performance and a mix of hybrid and non hybrid along with full out race engine too production engines can see a lot of sandbagging and arguments in the future.

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