Aston Martin reveals £3m Valkyrie AMR Pro

Kelley Robertson
November 17, 2017

The brainchild of Adrian Newey and the product of the collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing, just 25 units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built.

"While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, 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", Newey said.

Given the car's capabilities, Valkyrie AMR Pro customers will be taken through an intensive and comprehensive driver development programme.

The British carmaker has yet to reveal performance figures for the AMR Pro, it continues, but it will be feature a tuned version of the road car's bespoke naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine and is tipped to weigh less than 1,000kg. The AMR Pro version rides on smaller diameter wheels than the road auto (18 inches front and rear) to allow for the fitment of Michelin racing tires.

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.

Further weight savings have been made by removing the heater blower and infotainment screens fitted to the road auto and through other ultra-lightweight components such as polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, carbonfibre wishbones and moulded race seats.

Every single surface of the Valkyrie was reconsidered and optimized aerodynamically for the AMR Pro version, according to Red Bull.

Weight savings comes courtesy of ditching all the windows and replacing them with polycarbonate plastic, chucking out the heater and infotainment systems and replacing lots of stuff with the same thing, but made out of carbonfibre. It also features Formula 1-inspired race-spec carbon-ceramic brakes. The automaker predicts a top speed near 250 miles per hour, and the vehicle should also be able to handle cornering forces in excess of 3.3g.It will put out more power and torque than the road auto from its 6.5-liter Cosworth-built V-12 engine combined with hybrid tech. Tailored to their individual experience and skill levels, owners will have access to the same facilities as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's F1 drivers.

It also includes new suspension uprights and carbon fiber wishbones that you really don't want to accidentally whack into a tire wall. The auto itself will have its own dedicated track events for owners to show up and drive.

Pricing for this auto hasn't been announced yet, but it doesn't matter: All 25 have been sold, with deliveries set for 2020. First deliveries are expected in 2020.

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