More power, less weight for track-only hypercar
Aston Martin has teased a more track-focused version of the (as-yet unreleased) Valkyrie hypercar.
Aston Martin is promising more power and torque from the 6.5-litre V12 engine, along with a raft of weight savings over the 'standard' car. That means no heating or infotainment screen, polycarbonate in place of glass, and a lighter exhaust.
Given it doesn't need to meet strict road-going noise regulations, that exhaust is also likely to be louder than standard. If that isn't a tantalising prospect, we don't know what is.
AMR Pro versions of the Valkyrie will ride on smaller wheels than the road car, allowing the fitment of Michelin racing tyres borrowed from LMP1 cars in the World Endurance Championship. Aston Martin says the 'carbon-carbon' brakes are "F1 inspired" and, as you'd hope, suited to an absolute beating on the track.
Adrian Newey's wild aerodynamics package is arguably the most interesting part of the Valkyrie, and you can expect a glut of unique aero touches to make the AMR Pro even stickier than the standard car. Much larger front and rear wings will feature, along with revised controls for the active aero systems.
The end result of these changes is a claimed top speed around 250mph (400km/h), along with the ability to sustain cornering forces "in excess of 3.3G and braking deceleration of more than 3.5G" on the track.
You'd be right for thinking that's far more performance than the average (or even above-average) driver has up their sleeve. To make sure the AMR Pro doesn't turn into a very expensive set of crash photos on social media, owners will be taken through a comprehensive training program at the Red Bull Racing test centre.
That means time in the simulator and on-track practice sessions, along with a fitness program to help drivers withstand the physical onslaught of driving a car this focused.
Once they've completed the training, drivers will be able to enjoy their cars with dedicated events across a range of "prestigious" tracks – we're picturing something similar to the Ferrari FXX-K program.
Just 25 examples of the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be built, and all of them are already sold. Deliveries will begin in 2020.