Aston Martin unveiled a racing version of the hypercar Valkyrie


Aston Martin claims the Valkyrie AMR Pro has been developed in parallel to the road auto, and has freed Newey and his design team from the obvious constraints when making a road-legal vehicle.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro will also run 18-inch front wheels, which allows the fitment of LMP1-spec Michelin tires.

Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer added: "Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible". It's the extreme track-only version of the Adrian Newey-designed hypercar built by Aston and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. 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 front and rear wing are both larger, while the active aerodynamic systems have been tailored to track driving. And although the standard vehicle already is a masterclass in form following function, Newey was able to have a field day with the Valkyrie AMR Pro. These are the same specification as those used by LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship.

New suspension uprights and carbonfibre wishbones save more mass, and the normal seat has been swapped for an ultra-lightweight pair of moulded race seats. "It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof auto".

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"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", Newey said in a statement. It's a remarkable project.

Under the hood, the Valkyrie AMR Pro still retains its hybrid setup, but the 6.5-liter V12 gas engine has been tweaked to produce more power and torque, although Aston didn't get into specifics. Granted, it doesn't matter - if you wanted to get one of these you're already too late.

Aston Martin is understandably shy on releasing the performance figures just yet, but you don't need to know much to realize it's going to be a blast. Deliveries aren't expected until 2020, which is about how long it'll take us mere mortals to process that this thing even exists. Indeed, Aston Martin claim the vehicle will be able to equal the sort of lap times achieved by a current LMP1 or F1 auto, although given the simply massive aerodynamic tunnels underneath it, and a similar "barely clothed single-seater" aesthetic, that's not really a surprising revelation.