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Aston Martin reveals track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar

Aston Martin reveals track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar

The all-new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is the British marque's track hypercar that will make you forget about Ferrari's FXX K and McLaren's P1 GTR.

In other words, this auto is all of our ridiculous engineering dreams come true. Ladies and gentlemen, please hide behind your sofas for the Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Details of the extra power and torque from the hypercar's naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 have not been revealed, but have been achieved by engine recalibration and a modification of the road car's emissions control systems. Output for the car's Rimac Energy Recovery System will remain the same but its control systems will be reprogrammed for optimum track output.

The two companies, who are strengthening their ties in F1 next year, have previously released images of the road version of the Valkyrie ahead of its 2019 launch and now given the world a first look at what is being described as the "no-holds-barred" track-only edition, which will be released a year later. Every aspect of the AMR Pro - aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight - has been optimised to significantly extend the performance envelope. The end result was a significant gain in downforce compared to the regular Valkyrie, thanks in no short part to larger front and rear wing elements as well as active aerodynamic controls that were tweaked for track use. The car's polycarbonate windshield has heater elements in it that are much lighter than keeping the blower for visibility in muggy conditions, for example. The bodywork features even lighter carbonfibre, and there are new suspension uprights and carbonfibre wishbones. The interior puts the driver in a racing bucket seat. However, for the same money you could fund a few seasons in top level sports auto racing, including appearances in the Le Mans 24-hours.

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The price of this most radical Aston Martin hasn't been announced, but it's largely academic as all 25 Valkyrie AMR Pros that'll be made have already been sold.

Though no specific figures have been provided, Aston assures us that the naturally-aspirated, 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 will produce more power and more torque than the road auto. Weight savings, uprated brakes and LMP1-spec racing tyres will also bring significant performance gains that will contribute to creating a vehicle capable of cornering forces in excess of 3.3G and a top speed close to 250mph. While those aren't as hardcore as the near-fighter-pilot forces that a full-on, top-class race auto achieves, Red Bull says their simulations suggest that the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be able to meet an F1 or LMP1 race cars on pace.

The AMR Pro runs on smaller wheels than the road vehicle - 18in front and rear, so that Michelin racing tyres can be used, which have the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship. This includes time in the simulator and professional on-track tuition, plus programmes to improve physical fitness. In fact, Aston says that the car's track performance is capable of rivalling recent F1 cars, but whether we're talking Mercedes-AMG or McLaren-Honda that's still fairly impressive. Womp womp. Deliveries start in 2020, so you'll have to wait at least that long to fork over your firstborn child if a used one comes up for sale.


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