Radical Aston delivers F1 style performance

Riley Riley

Aston Martin claims the Valkyrie AMR Pro rivals the performance of Formula One cars.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro is an extraordinary, track-only evolution of the most extreme Aston Martin in history.

Developed in parallel with the road car, but freed from the constraints of road use, it’s the ultimate expression of performance.

The brainchild of Adrian Newey, the most successful Formula One designer of all-time, and the product of the unique collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing – just 25 AMR Pros will be built.

All of them are pre-sold.

The car’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine develops more power and torque, thanks to a significant engine recalibration and the modification of the road car’s emission control systems – but exactly how much more power Aston Martin is not saying at this stage.

The aerodynamics have all been revised, with the addition of much larger front and rear wing elements, together with revised active aerodynamic control strategies that are tailored for the demands of the track.

But, in a strange twist, the wheels have actually been downsized to allow the fitment of Michelin racing tyres, made to the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars.

The AMR Pro also features F1inspired race-spec carbon-carbon brakes with performance characteristics perfectly suited to track use.

All unnecessary items have been removed to reduce weight, such as the heater/de-mister and infotainment screens fitted to the road car – replaced with new ultra-lightweight track-specific components.

The AMR Pro’s exhaust system is also be lighter due to minimal silencing requirements.

Aston says the result is a genuinely mind-blowing car.

One with a higher top speed,. predicted to be close to 400km/h, coupled to the ability to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g.

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 – an outcome previously unthinkable in a car derived from a fully homologated road vehicle.

Given the car’s extraordinary capabilities customers will be taken through an intensive and comprehensive driver development program.



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