Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Horner and Newey show off new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Co-developed by Red Bull Racing using the base of Aston Martin’s soon-to-arrive Valkyrie hypercar
Sherri Watson | 06 March, 2018, 22:36

In addition to new, collaborative watch collections, racing will play a major role in the partnership between Tag Heuer and Aston Martin, which was recently announced at the Geneva Motor Show. "[It's] another evolutionary step in the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin".

Crowds have been stunned at the Geneva Motor Show following the world premiere of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. An extreme version of the most extreme Aston ever built.

Aston Martin is being coy with the details of its new baby, and was holding back some technical specifications. There is no heater/de-mister blower.

In addition, calibration changes to the 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine's emission control systems and re-programming of the Energy Recovery System have resulted in a combined power output of more than 1100bhp, and a auto which is still capable of hitting 225mph. No 0-62mph time has been given so far, but considering that this auto has more than 1bhp for every kilogram of weight, it's going to be impressive.

The track-only version of the mad Valkyrie gets wider bodywork, huge front and rear wing elements, a revised aero control "strategy" and a lighter construction of carbon fibre.

And while the AMR Pro has the licence to thrill, 007 won't be chasing down villains in it anytime soon as it's strictly track-only. If the claimed performance figures and times are achieved, it will be the fastest road car-based vehicle of its kind around a racetrack.

Aston Martin says that this makes the Valkyrie AMR Pro capable of 225 miles per hour (362 km/h) and the ability to achieve 3Gs of lateral acceleration.

Last year Aston Martin announce that it would enter the hyper auto game with one of the most extreme road legal cars ever with the Valkyrie. "We've told a few of its secrets, but by no means all", said Adrian Newey, chief technical officer for Red Bull Racing. It is actually capable of creating in excess of 1,000kg of downforce meaning that it's technically possible for this Aston to drive upside down and not fall from the roof.

Speaking at the debut event, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing said: "It is hugely rewarding to see the Valkyrie AMR Pro unveiled here in Geneva, another evolutionary step in the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin". "The Valkyrie AMR Pro is yet another turn of that wheel".

And ponder you must, because - as expected - each of the 25 Valkyrie AMR Pros have been accounted for.

We know Newey is set to take delivery of his own Valkyrie in 2019. Public days are March 8th to 18th.