Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro announced with specialist track modifications

Otis Hoffman
November 17, 2017

It's the extreme track-only version of the Adrian Newey-designed hypercar built by Aston and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

Red Bull Technology's chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, said: "It has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road auto, and that naturally comes with some constraints".

As with the before it, Aston Martin placed even more emphasis on aerodynamics over the "standard" version of the vehicle.

Aston Martin has pulled the covers off the Valkyrie AMR Pro, a track-only evolution of the most extreme Aston Martin in history.

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The AMR Pro runs on smaller wheels than the road vehicle - 18in front and rear, so that Michelin racing tyres can be used, which have the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship.

Because they don't have to muffle the engine note for track use or worry about any emissions control devices, we're in to hear maximum V12 ridiculousness should we ever encounter a Valkyrie AMR Pro in real life.

The opportunity has also been taken to make further weight savings, both through the removal of extraneous items such as the heater/de-mister blower and infotainment screens fitted to the road vehicle, and through the fitment of new ultra-lightweight track-specific components.

Every single surface of the Valkyrie was reconsidered and optimized aerodynamically for the AMR Pro version, according to Red Bull. Weight savings, uprated brakes and LMP1-spec racing tyres will also bring significant performance gains that will contribute to creating a vehicle capable of cornering forces in excess of 3.3G and a top speed close to 250mph. Glass windows? Ditched for polycarbonate items.

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To make sure owners don't wipe themselves out when they get behind the wheel, they'll be taken through a driver development programme tailored to their abilities and experience, with access to the same facilities as Red Bull's F1 drivers, so they can go and play at AML's dedicated track days for the AMR Pro. The program includes time in the simulator and on the track.

Under the hood, the Valkyrie AMR Pro still retains its hybrid setup, but the 6.5-liter V12 gas engine has been tweaked to produce more power and torque, although Aston didn't get into specifics. When the auto debuts in 2020, all owners will be invited to special track events set up just for the model.

Only 25 of them will be built, and all are accounted for already. Deliveries are expected in 2020.

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