Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro customers get F1 driver training

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro customers get F1 driver training

When the Aston Martin Valkyrie was first announced last summer, the automaker and its technical partner, Red Bull, said it would build 25 track-only versions.

Adrian Newey, the chief technical officer at Red Bull F1 and the brains behind the Valkyrie, says the AMR Pro "offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof auto".

It's the track-only, even more focused derivative capable of laptimes 'to rival recent Formula One cars, ' according to Aston Martin. The Valkyrie AMR Pro has larger front and rear wings, along with new active aerodynamics to help keep the shiny side up at all times.

The "standard" road auto version of the Valkyrie is already set to turn out fairly extreme, equipped as it is with a 6.5-litre V12 Cosworth engine in combination with an F1-style KERS hybrid device that is expected to produce over 1,100bhp in a vehicle that weighs around 1,000kg.

It rides on smaller 18-inch wheels than the road-car version, but this enables it to use the same spec Michelin racing tires as LMP1 racers from the World Endurance Championship. The electric part of the hybrid system will remain unchanged, but Aston says that it has recalibrated the engine and made modifications to the emissions control systems (at least vehicle makers are being honest about it these days) to boost power and torque.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro customers get F1 driver training
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro customers get F1 driver training

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.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro is lighter than the roadgoing version too - through a ruthless option delete process. The car's polycarbonate windshield has heater elements in it that are much lighter than keeping the blower for visibility in muggy conditions, for example.

Named the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the auto has a 6.5 litre Cosworth-built V12 engine and F1-inspired carbon brakes producing a deceleration of 3.5g. These include polycarbonate windscreen (with heater elements) and side windows, a lighter construction of carbon fibre bodywork, new suspension uprights and carbon fibre wishbones, plus moulded race seats in place of the adjustable road vehicle items.

All of these changes, according to Aston Martin, create a vehicle with a top speed predicted to be close to 250mph plus the ability to sustain cornering forces in excess of 3.3g and braking deceleration of more than 3.5g. This includes time in the simulator and professional on-track tuition, plus programmes to improve their physical fitness.

All 25 cars have already been spoken for. The vehicle itself will have its own dedicated track events for owners to show up and drive.

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