Red Bull releases images of track-relevant Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
The new track-specific car is the lighter version of the superior hypercar.
Red Bull Racing has revealed images of its new hypercar, built and designed by Adrian Newey in association with Aston Martin. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is said to be a more powerful and lighter version of the Valkyrie in AM's sub-brand AMR Pro.
Only 25 cars will be produced for delivery in 2020, with all of them already been sold out. The striking difference in the two Valkyrie cars is the exterior bodywork. The aerodynamic surfaces has been revised to bring in more downforce, along with a larger front and rear wing element.
The changes have been made keeping in the demands of track driving, with it having a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine. There will be even more power and torque as it will not have the road car's emission control systems. In addition, the output of the Rimac Energy Recovery System has also been re-programmed.
The tyres will be smaller than the road car, with 18in for front and rear, which will allow for the drivers to run the Michelin tyres of the same specification used in the LMP1 cars. The Valkyrie also has Formula 1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes.
To make it further track-relevant, the AMR Pro will not have the road car's heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens. Instead, it will have polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, with new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, in addition of the moulded race seats.
With the lighter exhaust system, the cars is expected to have a top speed of close to an astonishing 250mph (approx 403km/hr). The cornering forces will touch to 3.3g, with the simulation prediction suggesting that the cars will match up with the performance to that of the LMP1 and F1 cars.
Red Bull's Newey said: "While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints. However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions.
"While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seater closed roof car."
Aston Martin's Dr Andy Palmer added: "Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible. The road car will set new benchmarks for performance, engineering and technology – a hypercar in the truest sense – and with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro those limits will be pushed further still. It's a remarkable project. One that's propelling Aston Martin and 25 of our most passionate customers into a new and extraordinary realm."
Side view [Copyright: Red Bull]