Circuit break: Aston Martin's track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar takes aim at F1

Published: 07 March 2018

► Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
► Public unveil at 2018 Geneva motor show
► Due in 2020, 250mph track-only beast 

Regular Aston Martin Valkyrie not extreme enough? Then you'll be needing this, the new Valkyrie AMR Pro version which nudges Aston's hypercar nearer to LMP1 car spec. 

Revealed to the public at the Geneva motor show, it's the track-only, even more focused derivative capable of laptimes 'to rival recent Formula One cars,' according to Aston Martin. So it'll be quick then...

Valkyrie AMR Pro: specs and performance please

Hold your horses! Aston has issued but two official design sketches of the new top-dog hypercar; no official outputs or performance figures are available yet (although the top speed is 'predicted to be close to 250mph). We do know that power and torque from the Cosworth-built 6.5-litre V12 will be increased and 'significantly increased downforce from an all-new aerodynamic package' is promised.

Read the full story on the regular Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro front end

Some of the aero is visible in these early drawings: note the larger front and rear wings and Aston promises tweaked active elements which shape-shift depending on speed of entry and position on a track. This Valkyrie will not be road-legal and wears smaller, 18-inch wheels to allow for Michelin racing tyres borrowed from LMP1 endurance racing.

An Aston Martin kind of diet

The Valkyrie AMR Pro is lighter than the roadgoing version too - through a ruthless option delete process. Heater and infotainment systems? Pah... Glass windows? Ditched for polycarbonate items. A virtually unsilenced exhaust, thinner carbonfibre body panels and composite wishbones all help reduce the mass.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro side profile

Result? Cornering forces of 3.3g are claimed and those uprated ceramic brakes are claimed to generate in excess of 3.5g of deceleration. No wonder prospective owners will be given the simulator training that Red Bull's F1 racers receive.

Red Bull Technology’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey said: '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.'

Just 25 AMR Pro spec cars will be built and all of them have been sold already. First deliveries are expected in 2020.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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