Carbon racing brakes, re-programmed KERS, more power, less weight, bigger aero; the AMR Pro is the Aston Martin Valkyrie at maximum attack
On face value that may seem surprising, given that the ‘standard’ Valkyrie – if there could ever be such a thing – is yet to appear in its final form. However, even a casual inspection of Adrian Newey’s hypercar reveals a machine with such extreme potential, particularly with regard to its aerodynamic performance, that the circuit will surely be its natural home anyway. This AMR Pro variant is surely the Valkyrie that maximises the full potential within Newey’s design.
Aston Martin claims the Valkyrie AMR Pro has been developed in parallel to the road car, and has freed Newey and his design team from the obvious constraints when making a road-legal vehicle. This much is obvious from the AMR Pro’s running gear alone, which sees the 20” front and 21” rear wheels of the road car replaced by 18” items on both axles. Why? Because the LMP1-spec Michelins that replace the road car’s Cup 2 tyres are only available in those sizes. Moreover, the braking system now features full carbon-carbon racing brakes, and the Rimac-sourced energy recovery system has been re-programmed.
As for the bespoke, Cosworth-built, 6.5-litre V12, its outputs have also increased, although by an unspecified amount. Much of that is due to a new calibration of the ecu and associated emissions control systems. Or looked at in simple terms, the monstrous V12 no longer needs to meet stringent emissions regulations if it’s only going to pound around a track. It has less weight to get moving, as well, given the track version does without a heating and ventilation setup, along with the infotainment system. Further savings come from the windscreen and side windows being made from a polycarbonate material.
However, what promises to send the Valkyrie AMR Pro into really uncharted territory is the upgrade to its already extreme aero package. The front and rear wings are much larger, with the active aero system also revised, and there’s now a central fin running along the spine like those fitted to prototype endurance racers. Indeed, Aston Martin claim the car will be able to equal the sort of lap times achieved by a current LMP1 or F1 car, although given the simply massive aerodynamic tunnels underneath it, and a similar ‘barely clothed single-seater’ aesthetic, that’s not really a surprising revelation. Maximum corning G for the hardcore Valkyrie is quoted at a phenomenal 3.3g.
Aston Martin will make 25 AMR Pro versions alongside the 99 regular Valkyrie models scheduled for production, with the track version due to appear in 2020. As tends to be the modern way, the firm notes that all of the AMR Pros are already sold.
There’s only one thing likely to match a Valkyrie AMR Pro on a trackday, and that’s another Valkyrie AMR Pro, although given the car is accompanied by a full driving training programme and correspondingly exclusive track events, that’s probably the reality for any owner. However, for the same money you could fund a few seasons in top level sports car racing, including appearances in the Le Mans 24-hours. However spectacular the go-faster Valkyrie is – and that should turn out to be an understatement – the question is perhaps whether you’d rather be a very large fish in a very small bowl, or the opposite. We’d be seeing you in the pitlane at Le Sarthe, 2020.