Aston Martin confirm the Valkyrie WILL race at Le Mans
Announced on the eve of the 60th anniversary of its 1959 Le Mans win, Aston Martin has dropped the news that its Valkyrie hypercar is going to compete at Le Mans in the 2020/21 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Aston’s going to field at least (their words) two Valkyries in the new top flight, LMP1 replacing, hypercar category in a bid to win outright victory at Le Mans, and the WEC as a whole. 2021 is a historic year for Aston Martin and its association with Le Mans, as it marks 100 years since the British manufacturer first competed at La Sarthe, so it makes sense it’d want to win the race outright.
Fielding a Valkyrie is one thing, but it’s all in the preparation – the cars Aston Martin are sending out will feature race prepped versions of its 6.5-litre NA V12. The fact that its aero-friendly body has been designed by Adrian Newey, oh he of making super chuffing brilliant Red Bull F1 cars, and that it’s set to be the most sensational Aston Martin ever produced does mean it’s rather well suited to being turned in to a Le Mans racer.
Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King said: “The FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans represent the ultimate challenge for the Aston Martin Valkyrie – the world’s most extreme hypercar.
"Designed and built with the purpose of pushing boundaries on the road, it’s natural to conclude that the next stage in its development would be to measure its capabilities on the track. I can think of no better way to do that than to compete in a world championship and the most prestigious and famous race of all.”
The upcoming hypercars category gives manufacturers the opportunity to field cars that look like ACTUAL cars they build, rather than the prototypes of years gone by. This means we could see the likes of McLaren Sennas, Apollo IEs, Porsche 918s, Ferrari LaFerraris, and more competing on race tracks around the world. While the current GT classes do have familiar motors running, it’s not quite the same as seeing something like the Valkyrie out there, is it?
Bring on Le Mans 2021.