The Red Bull-backed Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro designed by Adrian Newey has been quoted to match the performance capabilities of Formula 1 and LMP1 cars.

After announcing its technical partnership in 2016, Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin has been working on a hypercar to set new standards with its road-going Valkyrie. The partnership has also seen the production of 25 track-only Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro cars which will be finished in 2020 and are already sold out.

Red Bull has released fresh details on the new hypercar with iconic F1 designer Newey crafting the bodywork with aerodynamic efficiency and downforce maximised to enhance track performance.

While power output figures are remaining a guarded secret, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is driven by a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine without the road version’s emission control system. The lightweight track version also has an F1-dervied Rimac Energy Recovery System and carbon brakes while the car uses World Endurance Championship Michelin racing tyres.

This formula has enabled Red Bull to boast of the car’s ultimate performance matching F1 and LMP1 levels.

“The result of this unprecedented pursuit of performance is a predicted top speed of close to 250mph, the ability to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g,” a Red Bull statement read.

“Extensive simulations conducted by Red Bull Technology suggest that the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be capable of achieving performance to rival that of a contemporary F1 or LMP1 car – pace previously unthinkable in a car derived from a fully homologated road car.”

Red Bull has also promised owners of the 25 track cars will have access to the team’s Formula 1 training facilities including simulator work, professional track training and fitness regimes.

Newey says his track-ready version is “an extreme evolution” on the road edition of the Valkyrie which is aiming to push the limits of hypercar performance.

“While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints,” Newey said. “However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions.

“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. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”  

“Valkyrie has always been about pushing the limits and redefining the possible,” Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, added. “The road car will set new benchmarks for performance, engineering and technology – a hypercar in the truest sense – and with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro those limits will be pushed further still. It’s a remarkable project."

 

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