‘As fast as a Formula 1 car’
ROADGOING VALKYRIE NOT EXTREME ENOUGH? YOU NEED THE TRACK VERSION. ASTON TEASES VALKYRIE AMR PRO
WE HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN a finished Valkyrie road car yet, but already Aston Martin is teasing us with renderings and juicy details of its even more extreme, track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro.
To be fair to Aston, this ultra-extreme version of the Valkyrie was always part of the plan. Indeed, a number of customers who ordered a road car also ordered the track version. The ultimate BOGOF deal? Somehow we doubt it.
So what separates the AMR Pro from the ‘regular’ Valkyrie? As you can see from the renderings, most of the differences are aero-related. Indeed all the aerodynamic surfaces are said to have changed – most noticeably the much larger front and rear wings – along with what Aston calls ‘new active aero control strategies’. All in the pursuit of more downforce.
There are significant detail changes in other areas of the car. The 6.5-litre V12 will develop more power thanks to calibration changes and relaxed emission controls. The output of the Rimac hybrid system remains unchanged, but will deploy and recover its energy more aggressively.
Unusually, the wheels have been downsized to 18in diameter front and rear so that they can run on Michelin racing tyres – as developed for LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship – while the brakes are now carbon-carbon, as they are perfectly suited to circuit use and offer maximum performance.
Further weight savings will be made – quite something as the road car is already targeting 1000kg – thanks to the use of a polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, plus the removal of the road car’s heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens. The exhaust system will also be lighter, as will the carbonfibre bodywork. New suspension uprights and carbonfibre wishbones are F1-spec, likewise the moulded driver’s seat.
Unsurprisingly, the Valkyrie AMR Pro promises mind-bending performance. According to Red Bull’s simulations, it will be capable of giving a contemporary F1 or LMP1 car a run for their money. No wonder, with sustained cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. Predicted top speed? Approaching 250mph.
Whether any of the owners will be capable of extracting this performance remains to be seen, but they will all be put through an intensive and comprehensive driver development programme, with access to the same facilities as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s F1 drivers.
Just 25 of the AMR Pro Valkyries will be built, with delivery scheduled for 2020. The price is hard to pin down, as Aston Martin has said from the onset that the road car would cost between £2m and £3m. Given the more extreme nature of the AMR Pro, its rarity and likely value in years to come, we’d estimate a price of £3.5m plus taxes. Needless to say, don’t bother rummaging down the back of your sofa for loose change: they’re all sold.
Above and below Renderings show Lmp1-style aero treatment, designed to generate more downforce. Under the skin, 6.5-litre V12 will generate even more power than the road version, which is thought to be targeting 1000bhp