Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro revealed in pictures

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro revealed in pictures Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro revealed in pictures
Sherri Watson | 16 November, 2017, 15:52

Fitted with F1-style carbon brakes that are suited to track racing and 18-inch wheels surrounded by Michelin racing tyres, Aston Martin also took out all the road-going mod-cons, such as the infotainment system and heating system, as it aims to make the most extreme track vehicle it has built.

We haven't even seen the final production version of the Valkyrie hypercar, and Aston Martin and Red Bull are already previewing the AMR Pro track-exclusive version.

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 vehicle is accompanied by a full driving training programme and correspondingly exclusive track events, that's probably the reality for any owner. The AMR Pro's exhaust system will also be lighter than that fitted to the road vehicle due to the minimal silencing requirements. There are also much larger front and rear wings and revised active aerodynamic control created for the demands of track driving. British developers revealed the appearance and some information on racing AMR Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro.

"While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road auto, and that naturally comes with some constraints", Newey said. Moreover, the braking system now features full carbon-carbon racing brakes, and the Rimac-sourced energy recovery system has been re-programmed.

Because they don't have to muffle the engine note for track use or worry about any emissions control devices, we're in to hear maximum V12 ridiculousness should we ever encounter a Valkyrie AMR Pro in real life.

To keep weight down, the cabin has been stripped of all luxuries, such as the infotainment system and heater, while the glass windscreen has been replaced with a lightweight "polycarbonate" version. 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. Lighter polycarbonate windows and carbon fiber are used all around the auto. While those aren't as hardcore as the near-fighter-pilot forces that a full-on, top-class race auto achieves, Red Bull says their simulations suggest that the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be able to meet an F1 or LMP1 race cars on pace.

AMR Pro models will come with the same slick Michelin racing tyres found on the current generation of top-tier Le Mans prototypes, says Auto Express, as well as F1-inspired carbon brakes. This will include simulator time, on-track instruction and physical fitness programs.

Finally, the track auto will benefit from a weight-saving program. "It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two-seat closed-roof vehicle". 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.