Aston Martin's promised track-only version of the Valkyrie has been revealed.
Freed from the constraints of producing a road-going car, Aston Martin has unshackled the full potential of its Valkyrie which it says will rival F1 and LMP1 cars on the track. It’s lighter, more powerful and devilishly quick.
Developed in collaboration with Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey, the famed aerodynamicist says a disregard to making the car road-registerable allowed the team to push the limits.
“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 optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope," Newey said.
Dispensable items such as the heater and de-mister blower, infotainment and window glass are in the bin. Instead the AMR Pro uses heated polycarbonate screens, carbon fibre suspension components, fixed race seats and removal of road-friendly exhaust baffling unleashes the engine further. Even lighter redesigned carbon fibre body panels and spoilers increase downforce that the faster hypercar needs to keep it glued down.
Aston isn’t detailing power and weight details yet, but says the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 has been recalibrated to enjoy a lack of emissions gear and will develop even more power through its seven-speed Ricardo dual-clutch transmission. The Rimac-built KERS hybrid power system has also been reprogrammed to match the track-only focus but its power output remains unaltered.
The Valkyrie's 20-inch alloy wheels shrink 2-inches in diameter to fit LMP1-spec Michelin racing tyres that deal with cornering at up to 3.3g, while F1 inspired carbon-ceramic brakes develop deceleration forces up to 3.5g.
Red Bull Advanced Technologies says the radical enhancements result in lap times that will rival present-day F1 and Le Mans Prototype race cars, an incredible claim considering the AMR Pro is homologated from a road car.
The F1-like capabilities of the AMR Pro is such that buyers will be required to undertake an intensive driver development program at Red Bull’s F1 driver training centre that includes simulation and track tuition, as well as an intensive fitness regime. The training precedes dedicated track events at some of the world's most renowned race tracks.
Cashed-up and keen millionaires are out of luck though as the 25 vehicles, due to be delivered in 2020, have already been sold for an undisclosed price.
Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer says both the road-going and track-only Valkyries put all other supercars on notice.
“The road car will set new benchmarks for performance, engineering and technology - a hypercar in the truest sense - and with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro those limits will be pushed further still. It’s a remarkable project. One that’s propelling Aston Martin and 25 of our most passionate customers into a new and extraordinary realm.”