Aston Martin has just confirmed that it will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to fight for overall victory in 2025. Leading the charge will be the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
The Valkyrie AMR Pro was originally designed and developed to comply with LMH Hypercar regulations. The development of the competition prototype as per WEC rules is already underway. The car will be homologated for the WEC Hypercar and IMSA GTP classes ahead of the 2025 season.
According to Aston Martin, the Valkyrie AMR Pro Le Mans racer will use a modified version of the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 that produces 1000 hp. It will not feature the hybrid system available in the Valkyrie road car.
As reported earlier, the Aston’s Le Mans program will be spearheaded by the ‘Heart of Racing’ team. It will run the car at both WEC and IMSA events.
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, said:
“Performance is the lifeblood of everything that we do at Aston Martin, and motorsport is the ultimate expression of this pursuit of excellence.
“We have been present at Le Mans since the earliest days, and through those glorious endeavours we succeeded in winning Le Mans in 1959 and our class 19 times over the past 95 years. Now we return to the scene of those first triumphs aiming to write new history with a racing prototype inspired by the fastest production car Aston Martin has ever built.
“In addition to our presence in the FIA Formula 1® World Championship, Aston Martin’s return to the pinnacle of endurance racing will allow us to build a deeper connection with our customers and community, many of whom found their passion for the brand through our past success at Le Mans. And of course, the complex knowledge-base we are building through our F1® team is data that Aston Martin Performance Technologies can harness to further enhance the capabilities of the Valkyrie racecar at Le Mans, in WEC and IMSA. Just as the learnings we gain through endurance competition will feed directly into our road car programmes, further improving the ultimate performance of our products. I would like to thank Gabe Newell and Heart of Racing for partnering with Aston Martin on this programme, and I look forward to working with him and the team as we aim for success in the greatest endurance race of them all.”