As far as performance goes, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar is way up there with the best of them. But just like a caged beast, the constraints of road and emissions regulations tend to put a damper and don’t exactly let all its potential out. This is exactly what the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is all about—releasing the hypercar’s full potential.
Built exclusively for the track, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is the brainchild of Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey and a joint effort between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, and AF Racing. What sets it apart from the road car are the elements built into the car, as well as bits that have been removed—all in the name of providing the utmost performance.
The most obvious changes are the larger front and rear wings. These elements are meant to give even more downforce at speed. Then there are the smaller wheels, this time sized 18 inches. These are done to allow the car to run on Michelin Racing tires used by LMP1 racing cars in the World Endurance Championship.
And of course, the car gets more lightweight components, as well as a host of weight-saving measures to ensure optimum performance. Things like the heater have been removed, while goodies like a polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, carbon fiber bodywork, and molded racing seats all combine to make the hypercar a true featherweight.
All these measures pay off handsomely in terms of performance. Aston Martin claims that the Valkyrie AMR Pro can reach speeds of up to 402kph, while the track performance is close to, if not equal to that of an F1 or LMP1 race car. No-holds-barred performance, indeed.
Only 25 units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built. Deliveries of all the 25, which have been spoken for, by the way, are slated for 2020.