Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track auto revealed

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track auto revealed

"This much is obvious from the AMR Pro's running gear alone, which sees the 20" front and 21" rear wheels of the road vehicle replaced by 18" items on both axles. Why?

AMR Pro means it is the fastest and most hardcore iteration of the fastest and most hardcore Aston Martin ever built - and destined for the primed surfaces of a circuit.

The AMR Pro is what happens when you unleash the likes of infamous Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey on a project free from racing series' regulations and road auto concerns. Developed in parallel with the road auto, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is "freed from the constraints and considerations of road use", according to the release.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro is lighter than the roadgoing version too - through a ruthless option delete process.

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.

Red Bull Technology's chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, said: "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". Want to watch but not got Sky F1?

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro announced with specialist track modifications

The hybrid part of the equation - Rimac's ERS - is unchanged, but the control will be reprogrammed. 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.

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. Further savings come from the windscreen and side windows being made from a polycarbonate material. And just so you know, all these units have been accounted for.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro also gets Formula One-inspired carbon brakes to bring its insane speeds to a halt. They're the same spec used by cars in the top tier of the World Endurance Championship.

Red Bull expects it to reach a top speed of around 250 miles per hour and be able to pull 3.3 G of force in corners, and braking forces of up to 3.5 g.

Owners will have access to the same training facilities as the Red Bull Racing drivers to cope with the additional strain the vehicle puts on their bodies. 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. The auto itself will have its own dedicated track events for owners to show up and drive. 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.

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