Aston Martin quietly began delivering the Valkyrie to owners in November. The road-going hypercar wears wild design and sporting power figures, but that wasn’t the conclusion of Aston’s ambitions. That car is the Valkyrie AMR Pro that Aston introduced last July, which recently hit the race track in Bahrain. Oh, and Aston has already started shipping the Pro as well.
Ahead of this year’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix of Bahrain, Aston took the Valkyrie AMR Pro to the track for two runs – one before Saturday’s qualifying session and another before Sunday’s race.
Dirk Müller, the development driver behind the wheel during the car’s spins in Bahrain, said: “It’s closer to an F1 car in terms of performance than anything I’ve ever driven. Power, handling, grip, everything is perfect.
Aston originally unveiled the Valkyrie AMR Pro in 2018, but Aston tweaked aspects of it during the car’s development cycle, introducing the track-only production version of the AMR Pro in July last year. The car ditched the hybrid powertrain setup, resorting to a Cosworth-built naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 for power. It doesn’t produce the same 1,100+ horsepower (820 kilowatts) promised with the hybrid, but the engine still delivers 1,000 horsepower (745 kW).
Aston paired the car’s enormous power with full carbon fiber bodywork, carbon wishbones and Perspex side windows and windscreen to save weight. Aston also lengthened the car and widened the front and rear tracks; however, the biggest improvement to the car was aerodynamics, which allowed Aston to achieve double downforce.
Aston plans to produce just 40 examples of the Valkyrie AMR Pro. Once Aston completes deliveries, all Valkyrie owners will have the opportunity to take their vehicle to a dedicated track experience program. It begins this fall, allowing owners to experience famous race tracks such as Yas Marina, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Circuit of the Americas. “Legendary drivers from the world of F1 and endurance racing” will be there for trackside support, according to the company.