Aston Martin quietly began shipping the Valkyrie to owners in November. The road-going hypercar sported a wild design and insane sports power figure, but that’s not the conclusion to 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 started delivering the Pro too.
Ahead of this year’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Aston brought the Valkyrie AMR Pro onto the track to complete two laps – one ahead of Saturday’s Qualifying session and another before Sunday’s race.
Dirk Müller, development driver behind the wheel during the car’s Bahrain lap, 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 initially revealed the Valkyrie AMR Pro in 2018, but Aston changed certain aspects during the car’s development cycle, introducing a production version of the track-only AMR Pro in July last year. The car ditched the hybrid powertrain setup, switching to a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 built by Cosworth for power. It doesn’t produce the same 1,100-plus horsepower (820 kilowatts) promised with the hybrid, but the engine still makes 1,000 hp (745 kW).
Aston paired the car’s incredible strength figure with a full carbon fiber body, carbon suspension wishbones, and Perspex side windows and windshield to save weight. Aston has also lengthened the car and widened the front and rear tracks; however, the biggest improvement to the car is aerodynamics, which allows Aston to achieve double the downforce.
Aston plans to produce only 40 units of the Valkyrie AMR Pro. Once Aston completes delivery, all Valkyrie owners will have the opportunity to take their vehicle to a special track experience program. Starting this fall, it allows owners to experience famous race tracks such as Yas Marina, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Circuit of the Americas. “Legendary drivers from F1 and the world of endurance racing” will be there for trackside support, according to the company.