Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro announced


Aston Martin's Valkyrie is set to redefine the performance car market when it arrives with the first lucky owners in 2019. It may be the pinnacle of modern motoring design, but there was always going to be something keeping it from reaching its full potential. So, despite still being over a year away from release, Gaydon has decided the time right to one up it already.

Because the standard one wasn't very extreme
Because the standard one wasn't very extreme
To that end, Aston Martin has unveiled the Valkyrie AMR Pro, a car "freed from the constraints and considerations of road use." Developed in parallel with the street legal version, the Valkyrie AMR Pro will usurp its Vulcan based counterpart at the top of Aston's performance tree. And how!

Specific details are scarce, but we do know there'll be much larger front and rear wing elements for substantially increased downforce, as well as track focused revisions to the car's active aero. It'll be powered by the same 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine as the road car, but here it will develop more power and more torque - with exact figures yet to be released - thanks to a "significant engine recalibration" and the modification of the road car's emission control systems.

Smaller 18-inch wheels will allow for the fitment of Michelin racing tyres - made to the same spec as those used by LMP1 cars - while the AMR Pro will also feature Formula One inspired race-spec carbon brakes. Mr Newey's background coming to the fore in some pretty spectacular ways.

In order to save as much as possible from the existing car's already frugal 1,030kg kerbweight, the heater and infotainment screens have been shown the door, and several parts have been replaced with ultra-lightweight equivalents. The windscreen and side windows, for example, are now polycarbonate, the carbon fibre construction has been lightened, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones save further weight and moulded race seats replace the adjustable items from the road car. The exhaust has even been on a diet thanks to the decreased need for silencing.

This is your plain Jane version, OK?
This is your plain Jane version, OK?
All of this adds up to a top speed predicted to be close to 250mph. It's not just quick in a straight line though, the Valkyrie AMR Pro able to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking of more than 3.5g. In fact, following extensive simulation work, Red Bull reckons that the AMR Pro will be capable of lap times rivalling those of contemporary F1 and LMP1 cars. Let that sink in for a second.

In order to be able to safely handle and fully exploit that incredible performance, owners will be taken through an intensive driver development programme, including both simulator and on-track tuition and even physical fitness training. Once up to speed, customers will then have access to a series of dedicated track events held at some of the world's most prestigious circuits. Should be quite a spectacle!

We'll have a while to wait before we get to see that though, with delivery not scheduled till 2020. There's no word on pricing either; it's presumably an even greater amount than the £3 million charged for the road-going car, although - you guessed it - every single one is sold already anyway.

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  • sc0tt 16 Nov 2017

    Marketing hype.

  • Harry_mac 16 Nov 2017

    The initial hype was "we are going to build a road car that can lap as fast as an F1 car"

    Now they need to build an unhomologated race car to do that, because the initial claim was fanciful at best, naive at worst.

    This is a $4million slice of humble pie for Mr Newey. It better taste pretty good!

  • GroundEffect 16 Nov 2017

    "In fact, following extensive simulation work, Red Bull reckons that the AMR Pro will be capable of lap times rivalling those of contemporary F1 and LMP1 cars. Let that sink in for a second."

    An LMP1 pole time at Spa was a 1:54.0 this year...F1 was 1:42.5. That's a big difference.

  • janesmith1950 16 Nov 2017

    The gap between the WEC and F1 poles at Spa this year was about 12 seconds. That's quite a wide window.

  • thegreenhell 16 Nov 2017

    Harry_mac said:
    The initial hype was "we are going to build a road car that can lap as fast as an F1 car"

    Now they need to build an unhomologated race car to do that, because the initial claim was fanciful at best, naive at worst.

    This is a $4million slice of humble pie for Mr Newey. It better taste pretty good!
    Not really. Right from the start of the project they said there would be a road version and a track-only version, the latter of which would be as fast as an LMP1 car. I don't think they ever claimed F1 car performance, and certainly not for the road version.

    From the official announcement in July 2016:

    Adrian Newey, Red Bull's Chief Technology Officer and the man who started the whole project, confirms the track-only variant will be as fast as an LMP1 racer.

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