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Aston Martin debuts track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro

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With the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, all street legalities are off and the Valkyrie is tuned specifically for track use
With the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, all street legalities are off and the Valkyrie is tuned specifically for track use
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Technical details on the Valkyrie AMR Pro are a bit sparse, but Aston Martin promises there will be more to come as the bespoke car heads towards market
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Technical details on the Valkyrie AMR Pro are a bit sparse, but Aston Martin promises there will be more to come as the bespoke car heads towards market
Changes to the body produce most of the lightweighting on the Valkyrie VMR Pro, the most obvious being the larger front and rear wings
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Changes to the body produce most of the lightweighting on the Valkyrie VMR Pro, the most obvious being the larger front and rear wings
More extensive use of carbon fiber and a more powerful rear wing are serious upgrades to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
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More extensive use of carbon fiber and a more powerful rear wing are serious upgrades to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Here the more aggressive rear wing above the dual exhausts is clearly seen versus the road-legal Valkyrie model
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Here the more aggressive rear wing above the dual exhausts is clearly seen versus the road-legal Valkyrie model
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro produces more downforce than the car actually weighs, thanks to its aggressive aerodynamics
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The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro produces more downforce than the car actually weighs, thanks to its aggressive aerodynamics
Artist's renderings show the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro in action on the track
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Artist's renderings show the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro in action on the track
Splotched paint makes for a dynamic backdrop to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
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Splotched paint makes for a dynamic backdrop to the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Forward motion is definitely not a problem for the powerful Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
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Forward motion is definitely not a problem for the powerful Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
So fast it sheds its own paint? The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro can hit 225 mph, Aston says
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So fast it sheds its own paint? The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro can hit 225 mph, Aston says
The Formula 1 roots of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro are clear in this shot, where the open wheels with their aerodynamic fenders are seen against the bodywork
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The Formula 1 roots of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro are clear in this shot, where the open wheels with their aerodynamic fenders are seen against the bodywork
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro weighs only 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and creates more downforce than it weighs
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The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro weighs only 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and creates more downforce than it weighs
Here the powerful front aero wings and the car's very low profile are easily noted in proportion on the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
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Here the powerful front aero wings and the car's very low profile are easily noted in proportion on the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Although the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will never likely see formal competition, race-ready livery is still a must when showcasing a car like this
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Although the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will never likely see formal competition, race-ready livery is still a must when showcasing a car like this
In this shot, not only are the proportions of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro clear, but so are the aggressive rear aero-tuning elements
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In this shot, not only are the proportions of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro clear, but so are the aggressive rear aero-tuning elements
The open fenders, a requirement for F1 racing, actually improve aerodynamics by allowing air to escape out from under the car
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The open fenders, a requirement for F1 racing, actually improve aerodynamics by allowing air to escape out from under the car
From this angle, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks like the aggressive hypercar that it is
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From this angle, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks like the aggressive hypercar that it is
Again, proportions are everything with the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and here the pronounced fender covers and low stance of the car are clear
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Again, proportions are everything with the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and here the pronounced fender covers and low stance of the car are clear
With the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, all street legalities are off and the Valkyrie is tuned specifically for track use
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With the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, all street legalities are off and the Valkyrie is tuned specifically for track use
For comparison to the Valkyrie AMR Pro model, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1-spec show car is also on display
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For comparison to the Valkyrie AMR Pro model, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1-spec show car is also on display
This Formula 1 car from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing showcases the many race-legal differences between the F1 car and the new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro model unveiled
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This Formula 1 car from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing showcases the many race-legal differences between the F1 car and the new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro model unveiled

Aston Martin has unveiled a new track-only version of the Valkyrie, dubbed the AMR Pro edition. The hybrid supercar is showing alongside the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car at the Geneva Motor Show, and was unveiled by racers Christian Horner and Adrian Newey.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a street-legal hypercar running on a unique aerodynamic carbon fiber chassis as an "LMP1 car for the road." Designed by Red Bull Racing aerodynamicist Adrian Newey and Aston's lead designer Marek Reichman, the hypercar is stunningly insane and includes aerodynamic devices considered too radical to be legal in F1.

With the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, though, all street legalities are off and the Valkyrie is tuned specifically for track use. Maybe not legal Formula racing, but it's about as F1 as you can get without a prescription.

Technical details on the Valkyrie AMR Pro are a bit sparse, but Aston Martin promises there will be more to come as the bespoke car heads towards market. What is known is that the car weighs only 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and creates more downforce than it weighs. Changes to the body produce most of this upgrade, the most obvious being the larger front and rear wings and more extensive use of carbon fiber.

Artist's renderings show the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro in action on the track
Artist's renderings show the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro in action on the track

Some amenities are also missing from the Valkyrie AMR Pro to lighten its load, including removal of the heater/de-mister, infotainment system, and the glass windscreen and side windows (which are now polycarbonate). Suspension wishbones are also now carbon fiber and seating has been swapped out for moulded racing seats. The exhaust system was likewise lightweighted, no doubt with several street-required components such as a muffler and catalytic converter being reduced or removed.

The 6.5-liter V12 powering the Valkyrie was recalibrated to improve performance by removing several legally-required on-road components (emission controls and the like), and a reprogramming of the Energy Recovery System control software for the hybrid bits means that the car now produces 1,100bhp (820.27 kW). That's better than a 1:1 ratio for power to weight.

Aston Martin says that this makes the Valkyrie AMR Pro capable of 225 mph (362 km/h) and the ability to achieve 3Gs of lateral acceleration. That must create some compelling track times for the new Valkyrie.

In this shot, not only are the proportions of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro clear, but so are the aggressive rear aero-tuning elements
In this shot, not only are the proportions of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro clear, but so are the aggressive rear aero-tuning elements

"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," says Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey. "We've told a few of its secrets, but by no means all. I will leave it to the public to ponder the lap time predictions. Suffice to say they're quite impressive."

Aston Martin will build only 25 of the Valkyrie AMR Pro models, with deliveries coming in 2020. If you're wanting one, sorry, but the company says it's already sold them all.

Source: Aston Martin

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