Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro makes dynamic debut

Aston Martin's regulation-free hypercar has made its dynamic debut in Bahrain as first deliveries commence

The track-only Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro has made its dynamic debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix piloted by development driver Dirk Müller. The display coincided with the delivery of the very first examples, with just 40 cars to be handed to customers around the globe.

Following two demo runs around the Bahrain International Circuit, Müller said: ‘I know everyone says that about cars all the time but seriously, this car is something else. It’s closer to an F1 car in terms of performance than anything else I have ever driven.’ Company CEO Tobias Moers added: 'All of our test drivers, all extremely successful racing drivers, are in awe of this car and it is easy to understand why. Valkyrie AMR Pro is approaching F1 performance levels, and we are very proud of the most extreme Aston Martin yet.'

> Limited-run Aston Martin V12 Vantage revealed with 690bhp

The model was initially designed to sit between the ‘standard’ Valkyrie and its WEC racer, but due to Aston Martin’s motorsport focus on F1, the new AMR Pro will now utilise a package far closer to that of the actual WEC car, and is said to have exceeded the racer’s performance targets. 

This starts with a fundamental change to the Valkyrie’s proportions, making the AMR Pro a substantial 380mm longer than the road-going variant. The front and rear tracks are also wider, 96mm at the front and 115mm at the rear, all of which has required the design of completely bespoke bodywork around the familiarly narrow passenger cell. Compounding the growth is the AMR Pro’s aero package, adding another 266mm to the overall length split between the new front splitter and dual-profile rear wing. 

The changes are dramatic, especially when seen next to a road-going Valkyrie, and speak volumes about how far Aston Martin had already gone into the development of the endurance race car. All of this extra carbon in the body is reflected in the numbers, with Aston Martin projecting the AMR Pro will achieve more than 3G of lateral acceleration, thanks both to its increased footprint and the ability to generate more than twice the downforce of the road-legal version. 

As with the road car, development of the AMR Pro’s aero and construction has been completed in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, and despite their new-found rivalry on the F1 grid, they will continue to work together for the remainder of the project. 

Under the now much longer rear engine cover sits the same 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine as in all Valkyries, which will rev at up to 11,000rpm and produce 1000bhp. The road-going Valkyrie’s previously integrated hybrid system has also been ditched, reducing weight, while new elements designed specifically for the racer such as carbonfibre suspension wishbones, Perspex glazing and a stripped out interior are also included. 

With all of the racing car’s additions, plus the benefits of not needing to adhere to strict FIA regulations, Aston Martin has actually produced a vehicle that exceeds the performance of the new Hypercar Class generation of endurance racers, with a simulated time around Le Mans of 3min 20sec – only a few seconds short of the overall lap record currently held by Toyota’s TS050 LMP1 racer. 

A total of 40 units will be built by Aston Martin, not including two prototypes, with first deliveries having already commenced.

Recommended

The Nissan GT-R has been axed in Europe
Nissan GT-R Nismo
Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R has been axed in Europe

13 years since the GT-R’s introduction, Nissan is officially ending European production for the supercar
17 Mar 2022
De Tomaso P72 supercar shown cold weather testing
De Tomaso P72
Supercars

De Tomaso P72 supercar shown cold weather testing

De Tomaso's mid-engined P72 supercar has been a long time coming, but it's now been shown testing in a new video
9 Mar 2022
McLaren GT 2022 review – a match for Ferrari’s Roma?
McLaren GT
McLaren GT

McLaren GT 2022 review – a match for Ferrari’s Roma?

It might be called GT but make no mistake this is still a supercar at heart
8 Mar 2022
Ferrari 296 GTB 2022 review – fewer cylinders, greater thrills
Ferrari 296 GTB review
Ferrari

Ferrari 296 GTB 2022 review – fewer cylinders, greater thrills

Ferrari's first V6-powered road car redefines the £200,000 supercar with blistering pace and an entertaining chassis
6 Mar 2022

Most Popular

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster to go all-electric by 2025
Porsche unseen mid-engined concept - side
Porsche Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster to go all-electric by 2025

Porsche’s mid-engined sports cars are in for a major shake-up as electric powertrains continues to spread across the range
18 Mar 2022
BMW M4 Competition xDrive Convertible – a cut-price Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet?
BMW M4 Competition xDrive Convertible Front
BMW M4

BMW M4 Competition xDrive Convertible – a cut-price Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet?

BMW’s current M3 and M4 models are remarkable driver’s cars, but can the same be said when you remove the roof?
19 Mar 2022
UK speeding fines explained
Speeding fines header
Features

UK speeding fines explained

Speeding fines were increased in spring 2017, with harsher penalties for the worst offenders. Here's everything you need to know...
7 Mar 2022