Aston Martin reveals track version of Newey's hypercar

Isaac Cain
November 17, 2017

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar is spawning a track only version - the Valkyrie AMR Pro - with less weight and more power.

"While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road vehicle, and that naturally comes with some constraints", Newey said. Developed in parallel with the road auto, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is "freed from the constraints and considerations of road use", according to the release.

On the published images it is seen that the Aston Martin AMR Pro Valkyrie will be equipped with large spoilers front and back, the producer intends to apply a technology called "active aerodynamic control". The Valkyrie AMR Pro, as the company states, has been developed in parallel with the road auto, but is freed from the constraints and considerations of road use. "This much is obvious from the AMR Pro's running gear alone, which sees the 20" front and 21" rear wheels of the road vehicle replaced by 18" items on both axles. Why? The output of the Rimac Energy Recovery System remains unchanged, but its control systems will be re-programmed.

Future owners of the Valkyrie AMR Pro will take a driver development program to get used to the car's capabilities.

The opportunity has also been taken to make further weight savings, both through the removal of extraneous items such as the heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens fitted to the road vehicle, and through the fitment of new ultra-lightweight track-specific components. That means the Valkyrie AMR Pro will put out more than the estimated 1,130 hp of its road-legal brethren.

Because the standard one wasn't very extreme
Because the standard one wasn't very extreme

All of these changes, according to Aston Martin, create a auto with a top speed predicted to be close to 250mph plus the ability to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g.

The total run of 25 Valkyrie AMR Pro track cars has already been pre sold, along with the 150 road-going cars.

The owners of the exclusive auto will receive an extra perk for the huge outlay - access to the same training facilities as Red Bull's F1 drivers, including simulator time, on-track tuition and fitness regimes. Along with F1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes, the track vehicle features smaller, 18-inch wheels to accommodate Michelin racing tires.

Those include the polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fiber bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fiber wishbones, plus molded race seats. This includes time in the simulator and professional on-track tuition, plus programmes to improve their physical fitness. When the vehicle debuts in 2020, all owners will be invited to special track events set up just for the model.

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