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Aston Martin reveals F1-rivalling track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin reveals F1-rivalling track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

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.

Newey, who is brainchild of the Valkyrie project and was responsible for performance-related development of the auto, 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 vehicle, and that naturally comes with some constraints".

The Valkyrie road auto is expected to arrive in 2019, and the AMR Pro in 2020.

In addition to more power, the model features larger front and rear wing elements for better aerodynamics.

The naturally aspirated 1,130-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 engine will be given a significant but undisclosed horsepower bump, and with no mufflers or emissions controls will be much louder than the road auto. Output for the car's Rimac Energy Recovery System will remain the same but its control systems will be reprogrammed for optimum track output.

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Aston hasn't released any Valkyrie AMR Pro specs, but we've heard the Valkyrie street vehicle will produce around 1130 hp and weigh just under 2300 lbs. Removing the heater and the infotainment screen should also help reduce weight compared to the road auto, which is estimated at more than 2,200 pounds. This AMR Pro variant is surely the Valkyrie that maximises the full potential within Newey's design.

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. These include polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, plus moulded race seats in place of the adjustable road auto items. You know, the top class from Le Mans that became too expensive to go on in its current form. British developers revealed the appearance and some information on racing AMR Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro.

The track Valkyrie also runs on Michelin racing tyres and carbon brakes inspired by WEC and Formula 1 technology respectively. 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 vehicle - a pace previously unthinkable in a auto derived from a fully homologated road vehicle. 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. The program includes time in the simulator and on the track.

Just 25 AMR Pro spec cars will be built and all of them have been sold already. When the auto debuts in 2020, all owners will be invited to special track events set up just for the model. Deliveries are expected in 2020.


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