This is probably the nearest we could get to driving a Formula 1 car outside of the F1 track. Raising the bar of what’s possible in the exclusive track-only hypercar club, Aston Martin introduces the new Valkyrie AMR Pro, which is on display now at the Geneva Auto Show.
Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin, described the new Valkyrie AMR Pro as “truly mind bending.”
The new Valkyrie was co-developed by Red Bull Racing using the base of the about-to-be-released Valkyrie hypercar. This behemoth injects more power and downforce into a lightened package influenced by Formula 1 engineering genius Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s chief technical officer.
Powering the AMR Pro is a recalibrated version of the Valkyrie’s V12 hybrid powerplant. The Cosworth 6.5-litre engine has been fitted with a new emissions control system and works with a reprogrammed energy recovery technology for the hybrid system. Power is now said to exceed 1100bhp.
The AMR Pro features lighter carbon fibre bodywork. Inside, items like the heater/demister and infotainment screens are removed to allow for a lighter body. It gains a heated windscreen made from lightweight polycarbonate and also used for the side windows.
Because weight is the real issue, engineers used carbon fibre suspension wishbones and moulded race seats, while the engine’s 12-cylinders now breathe through an exhaust system no longer burdened with weighty silencer parts.
The AMR Pro tips the scales at 1000kg, meaning it produces at least 1100bhp per tonne. This figure shames existing track-hypercars, such as the 704bhp/tonne McLaren P1 GTR, while even the Techrules Ren RS electric track car, which produces 1287bhp, is expected to fall short of the Aston’s benchmark by around 300bhp/tonne.
Larger front and rear wing elements and revised active aerodynamics boost the maximum load generated by the Valkyrie. Although no number has been released, Aston Martin said the AMR Pro “is capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce”. This would seem like an understatement, given that the road car is pipped to produce up to 1816kg of downforce.
With the new aerodynamic package, the AMR Pro is said to be capable of achieving up to 3G of lateral acceleration – a figure that far surpasses those of its rivals. Despite being focused on producing downforce, rather than minimal drag, the AMR Pro has a top speed of 225mph.
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie road car draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula One, but the AMR Pro version has allowed me to work beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality,” said Newey. “We’ve told a few of its secrets, but by no means all. I will leave it to the public to ponder the laptime predictions. Suffice to say they’re quite impressive.”
The Valkyrie AMR Pro will continue to be developed before production begins in 2020. Just 25 examples are due. All cars are already spoken for.