The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro has been highly anticipated since the automaker announced it back in June 2021. Though Aston Martin is no stranger to Formula 1 cars, the Valkyrie AMR Pro blended right in at the Bahrain GP this weekend.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro made an appearance at the F1 Bahrain GP this weekend
According to the press release from Aston Martin, the Valkyrie AMR Pro “takes the ultimate hypercar genre to new extremes.” The AMR Pro is the evolution of the Valkyrie Le Mans concept car but even more extreme. The initial design aimed at winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the brand-new Hypercar class back in 2019.
“the new Valkyrie AMR Pro benefits from the Le Mans project’s pure, race optimised chassis, aerodynamic and powertrain developments.”Aston Martin
Aston Martin worked with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) and an engineering partner named Multimatic. Thanks to this partnership, the Valkyrie AMR Pro aimed at having performance similar to a Formula 1 car. The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 team also took part in the development.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is still under wraps for now
While everyone was waiting for the first Formula 1 race of the season, the Valkyrie was busy before it even started. The automaker took the Valkyrie AMR Pro on the track before the Bahrain GP. It is fitted with a Cosworth 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 engine and can rev up to 11,000 RPMs. The hypercar was on target to make 1,000 bhp and a lot of carbon fiber, and the Pro is basically an F1 car. The luxury automaker deleted the battery-electric hybrid system, added lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, upgraded suspension, and added Perspex windows.
Just looking at the Pro gives an indication this is no regular car. In fact, Aston Martin is keeping the photos and videos under wraps until later this week. Hopefully, that means some confirmed numbers after the testing. The Pro will be upwards of $3,500,000 when it comes out.
Aston Martin will only make 40, and most of those are already sold out. Either way, a release date for the hypercar hasn’t been announced.
The intersection of Formula 1 cars and hypercars
The “ultimate no ruse hypercar” isn’t going to be on the streets anytime soon. This particular version is track-only and has a longer wheelbase and wider track-ready chassis. As you can see, the AMR Pro has a “unique aerodynamic package” that sets it apart from anything else. The automaker says this aerodynamic package adds an additional 266mm in length.
The Pro won’t participate in a Formula 1 race anytime soon, but it has “lateral acceleration of more than 3G.” It made the trip around the 8.5 mile 24 Hours of Le Mans course in only three minutes and 20 seconds. “Nothing else looks like it, nothing else sounds like it, and I am absolutely certain nothing else will drive like it!” On that note, keep an eye out on Aston Martin’s social media for footage of this super secretive Valkyrie AMR Pro track event.