Aston Martin has developed a track-focussed Valkyrie AMR Pro
As if the Aston Martin Valkyrie couldn't get more hardcore, the firm has just revealed its track-only special due in 2020. The Valkyrie AMR Pro carries on the trend recently undertaken by the firm with the Vantage AMR Pro, making a limited edition, non-road legal version meant purely for the track.
With a helping hand from Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AP Racing, Aston has gone down a very LMP-like route, with a large fin protruding from the rear of the cockpit, leading to what seems like a much revised rear diffuser. Enlarged front and rear wings are accompanied by new active aero controls which only add to the Valkyrie's weapons-grade potential. Every other aerodynamic aspect of the car has been tweaked in some way, pushing the hypercar even further towards becoming the downforce king of production cars.
Power and torque have been increased via engine recalibration and tweaking of the emissions control systems, although no actual figures have been released just yet. Considering the 'normal' Valkyrie is tipped to produce over 900bhp, it wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to assume the AMR Pro could be safely pushing the 1000bhp barrier.
One of the most interesting developments has been the wheels - the Valkyrie AMR Pro will use 18-inch rims at the front and rear, smaller than those on the road car. They will actually be the exact specification of those found on the current crop of LMP1 cars and - considering the recent news that the FIA is looking to possibly bring back GT specifications for the top end of endurance racing - we might just see the valkyrie blasting down the Mulsanne Straight in the not too distant future.
Inboard sits F1-inspired carbon ceramic brakes which will be used to bring the sub-1000kg hypercar to a resounding stop. That weight figure is helped by the removal of some creature comforts (the heater blower and some infotainment screens) as well as the use of lightweight materials for the windscreen, windows, seats and wishbone suspension.
So what can we expect in terms of performance?
Aston Martin predicts that the Valkyrie AMR Pro will see itself up to and possibly past 250mph. Coupled with the ability to hit 3.3G in the corners and decelerate at 3.5G, it's safe to say that AMG will have a serious job on its hands to achieve such figures with its Project One equivalent.
The engineers at Red Bull have concluded from their simulations that the AMR Pro will be able to lay down lap times to compete with the current crop of F1 and LMP1 cars. That will be a first for a production car track special, truly redefining what can be classed as a hypercar.
Only two renders have been released thus far, but Aston has confirmed that only 25 of these specials will be produced. Prices will be upwards of £3 million, considering the 150 road-going Valkyries are set to come in somewhere between £2-3million.
The question is, which of the two next generation hypercars will be the performance benchmark? Will the F1 powertrain in the AMG Project One rule the roost or will Newey's aero-heavy Aston come good on the track? Tell us what you think below!