The Geneva Motor Show opens to the press today and one of the cars drawing a fair amount of attention is Aston Martin’s track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro.
Unveiled by Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, this ferociously fast hypercar uses a hybrid powertrain that incorporates a thunderous 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine to produce more than 1,100bhp and reach speeds of up to 225mph.
Central to the car’s magnificent track performance are its lightweight construction and radical aerodynamics, which combine to create more than 1,000kg of downforce.
With numbers like that, Aston is well within its rights to hail the Valkyrie AMR Pro as ‘the ultimate Top Trumps card’.
Creating a road car this extreme has called on some of the most brilliant minds in the industry, namely Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s most talented design and engineering teams, led by the company's chief creative officer Marek Reichman.
The result is a car with the performance capabilities of a current Le Mans LMP1 prototype or Formula One car.
Adrian Newey revealed that the standard Aston Martin Valkyrie road car drew extensively from the knowledge he had gained during his career in Formula One, but the AMR Pro version removed the constraints of road legality or practicality, allowing him essentially to do whatever he wanted.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro has undergone lap testing, but Aston Martin is keeping lap times under wraps for now. However, the brand insists “they’re quite impressive”.
Only 25 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pros will be built and all of them have been sold. Those lucky buyers can expect delivery of their new toy in 2020.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Some of these numbers are mindblowing – whoever managed to secure a Valkyrie AMR Pro is in for a treat.”
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