Aston Martin has given a sneak peak in to what they call as the world's most extreme hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, developed in parallel with the road car, is the track only evolution of the road car. Adrian Newey, Formula One designer, is the brainchild behind the design with collaboration from Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing. While deliveries will commence only in 2020, all the 25 hypercars, sadly, are already sold out.
Red Bull Technology's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian 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 seat closed roof car."
Dr Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin said, "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."
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The most obvious changes have been made to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro's exterior. All the aerodynamic surfaces have been revised, including the addition of much larger front and rear wing elements to give a pure race track experience.
The AMR Pro runs on wheels of a smaller diameter than the road car in order to facilitate the fitment of Michelin racing tyres, which are made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship. The AMR Pro also features F1TM inspired race-spec carbon-carbon brakes as their performance characteristics are perfectly suited to the extremes of track use.
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At the heart of the hypercar is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine. Aston Martin has not revealed the exact specs of the hypercar and will be revealed at the launch. But, British car-makers did promise it to have a top speed of more than 400 kmph. According to Red Bull Technology's extensive simulation work the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be capable of achieving lap times to rival those of a contemporary F1 or LMP1 car.