The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro started its life way back in 2017 as the AM RB001. This was the product designed and created by the legendary designer Adrian Newey. The idea was to take inspiration from the Formula 1 car and make all that technology, speed, and innovation available for the masses in the form of a street-legal car. The designers and engineers did underestimate themselves when they ended up designing the Valkyrie. The car featured over 1000 HP and weighed around 2,200 lbs. This vehicle had enough downforce and aero to ride on the ceiling upside down.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro takes the already impressive Valkyrie and makes it even better. The AMR Pro does not have many changes from the standard Valkyrie, but those few changes make the vehicle feel way better. It is the epitome of engineering, and the closest one can get to feel and drive a full-blown Formula 1 car.
Best Feature of the Valkyrie AMR Pro: Formula One Tech
The Valkyrie takes a lot of design and technology inspiration from Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car. The Formula 1 car is considered to be the most advanced form of motorsport, and scaling it down while keeping the essence of the sport intact was not an easy task, but Aston managed to do that with the Valkyrie. To begin with, the F1 car makes use of a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which is used on the Valkyrie. The vehicle makes extensive use of carbon fiber to keep its weight down, thus achieving an incredible power-to-weight ratio. The engine is also a part of the chassis in the Valkyrie which means it is a stressed member of the vehicle and is bolted onto the chassis along with the suspension components.
Talking about the suspension of the Valkyrie, it also comes from the F1 car. It is not a traditional coil spring suspension that we find in many modern-day cars; instead, it is a push rod and wishbone setup. The Valkyrie also gets state-of-the-art brake ducts from its formula 1 sibling to keep the power in check. These ducts essentially cool the vehicle's brakes and help them perform better. To summarize the purpose of the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it is the no-rules version of the standard Valkyrie. This is a hypercar with Le Man's prototype-level performance (and pedigree), but without being held back by racing rules or power restraints—or anything required of street-legal cars. While the standard Valkyrie can be road and track-driven, the AMR Pro is not legal for the road.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Gets A Hybrid Powertrain
The Valkyrie features a state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain, which is not present to make the Valkyrie more fuel-efficient or clean for the environment. The only purpose of the hybrid engine is to make more power, and the Valkyrie makes a lot of it. Cosworth develops the engine of the Valkyrie, and the unit is a 6.5-liter V12 engine that alone produces over 1000 HP, while the battery system of the vehicle is developed by Rimac, the ultimate electric hypercar maker. The electric motors alone generate over 160 HP, and the combined power output is around 1,160 HP and 663 lb-ft of torque. These figures get even more exciting on the Valkyrie AMR Pro. The AMR features the same powertrain, but the V-12's calibration has been tweaked to boost the output. The AMR Pro has a lighter curb weight than the road car, and the automaker claims that it can generate more than its weight in downforce.
Better Than The Standard Valkyrie
While Valkyrie remains the street-legal version of the Formula 1 car for Aston Martin, they did not hold back their punches while making the Valkyrie AMR Pro. The AMR Pro is a product of when engineers and designers are given the freedom to do what they want to do. There are minor differences in proportion in both the cars. The AMR's wheelbase is longer by approximately 15 inches, and the vehicle is also wider by 3.8 inches at the front and 4.5 inches at the back. The AMR also features an upgraded aero package that adds 10.5 inches of additional length and doubles the maximum downforce the standard Valkyrie produces.
Aston Martin also claims that cornering the AMR Pro produces an excess 3G of force. The AMR Pro also does not have any minimum weight requirement for street or track legal. The AMR has been fitted with carbon fiber throughout and the Perspex windshield and side windows to bring its weight down even further. The headlights and taillights have also made way for carbon fiber panels, and the interior features nothing but bare-bones in the form of a seat made of carbon fiber and a screen to show the rpm, speed, and gear. The AMR Pro was designed with a target lap time around the 8.5-mile 24H Le Man's circuit of 3 minutes 20 seconds – a blistering performance that would see the Valkyrie AMR Pro battling with the front running LMP1 cars for an outright win in the world's greatest endurance race.
Aston Martin has claimed to build around 40 units of the Valkyrie AMR Pro, all of which are left-hand drive cars. The vehicle's pricing is not officially revealed yet, but is expected to be in and around $4 million. This price is without any optional customizations. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is a one-of-a-kind vehicle and a masterpiece by Aston Martin.