The new racer from Aston Martin will be even more powerful and faster than the 1,000 hp road car. Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to achieve 250 mph, courtesy of its creator—Formula One race car designer Adrian Newey. Newey is the chief technology officer for Red Bull Advanced Technologies, and envisioned the Valkyrie as a true road car.
It will be powered by a V-12 that generates at least 1,000 hp. Constructed mostly of carbon fibre, the car’s total weight will be just over 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms). This gives it a 1:1 power-to-metric-weight ratio. A stunning aerodynamic design will enable the Valkyrie to generate 4,000 pounds of downforce. With those projected performance specs, it’s hard to imagine how the car will fit within street-legal constraints.
Currently, Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the track-only version that Newey developed comes along with the road-going Valkyrie. The AMR Pro’s 6.5-liter Cosworth V-12 will generate even more horsepower and more torque than the Valkyrie’s engine, although official specs are yet to be confirmed. The company promises a top speed close to 250 mph for the AMR Pro with lap times that rival those of a contemporary Formula One or LMP1 machine.
The more noticeable visual difference between the designs of the two Valkyries are the AMR Pro’s larger front and rear wing elements. They will enable the car to generate even more downforce than the road car does. The absence of a heater and infotainment screens will make the race car even lighter. The AMR Pro will come with instructions and owners will be able to participate in a driver-development program that includes time in a racing simulator and on-track lessons for a realistic experience.
Aston Martin has announced a limited number of only 150 examples of the road car and only 25 of the race car. Prices have not been revealed (although estimates are $2.3 million for the Valkyrie and $2.5 million for the AMR Pro). Deliveries of the road car and race car are expected to begin in 2019 and 2020, respectively.