Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is the most insane Aston yet


Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is the most insane Aston yet

Now, Aston Martin has revealed an even more hardcore, track-only variant, which it's added the AMR Pro name to.

Red Bull Technology's chief technical officer Adrian Newey said: '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. Developed in parallel with the road auto, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is "freed from the constraints and considerations of road use", according to the release. The road vehicle 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.

The AMR Pro runs on smaller wheels than the road auto - 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.

The Rimac Energy Recovery System remains unchanged, but its control systems will be re-programmed.

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. Removing the heater and the infotainment screen should also help reduce weight compared to the road vehicle, which is estimated at more than 2,200 pounds. That means the Valkyrie AMR Pro will put out more than the estimated 1,130 hp of its road-legal brethren. Glass windows? Ditched for polycarbonate items. You know, the top class from Le Mans that became too expensive to go on in its current form.

An even more extreme kind of Valkyrie meet the AMR Pro
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro first sketches An even more extreme kind of Valkyrie meet the AMR Pro

Revealed today - well, a design sketch at least - the AMR Pro sets out to re-write what a track vehicle can do too, with Red Bull - partners in the AML Valkyrie project - saying it will be able to perform like an F1 auto. They sit outside Formula One-inspired race-spec carbon brakes.

The vehicle has been built for track days rather than a specific racing category, although owners will not be prevented from racing them. This will include simulator time, on-track instruction and physical fitness programs.

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. The auto itself will have its own dedicated track events for owners to show up and drive.

Only 25 cars are being built and all are already sold out. Deliveries are expected in 2020.



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