Review

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

by staff writer JP

The track version of the most extreme Aston Martin in history, developed in parallel with the road car is the ultimate expression of performance

Adrian Newey, who is famous for his Formula One designs was pivotal to this project. The collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing. Just 25 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pros will be built with delivery in 2020. As of mid 2018, all cars are sold.

The most obvious differences to the road car are to the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s exterior. All the aerodynamic surfaces have been revised in the pursuit of significantly increased downforce. Including the addition of much larger front and rear wing elements. Together with revised active aerodynamic control strategies tailored for the demands of track driving.

"It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car"
Adrian Newey, Red Bull Technology's Chief Technical Officer

The hypercar’s non-turbocharged 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 engine develops more power and torque. And the output of the Rimac Energy Recovery System will be re-programmed accordingly.

The AMR Pro runs on smaller wheels than the 18inch road car wheels. This is to facilitate the fitment of Michelin racing tyres. Made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship. The AMR Pro also features F1TM inspired race specification carbon brakes as they are perfectly suited to the extremes of track use.

Further weight savings have been made through the removal of the heater and infotainment screens fitted to the road car. Who needs heat and distractions anyway. There have been some additions of ultra-lightweight track specific components. These include a polycarbonate windscreen and race seats instead of the adjustable variants. The AMR Pro’s exhaust will also be lighter than that fitted to the road car due to minimal silencing.

The result of this unprecedented pursuit of performance is a genuinely mind blowing car. With a top speed close to 250mph and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. According to Red Bull Technology’s simulation, the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be capable of lap times of a F1 or LMP1 car. A pace previously unthinkable in a car derived from a fully homologated road car.

"Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible"
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer

Given the car’s extraordinary capabilities, Valkyrie AMR Pro customers will be taken through a comprehensive driver development programme. Tailored to their individual skill levels, owners will have access to the same facilities as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers. This includes time in the simulator and professional track tuition, plus programmes to improve their physical fitness. They will then be ready to enjoy their cars to the full with a series of dedicated track events held at some of the world’s most prestigious race tracks.