It’s been more than a year since Aston Martin revealed the first prototype of the Valkyrie. Well, we now have some exciting information on the upcoming hypercar.
Our sources tell us that a final production-spec model is likely to be revealed later this month. The Valkyrie’s first track test will be held at Silverstone in October 2018. It is expected to be driven by the current Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen. It is believed that Max’s father and former racing driver Jos Verstappen might also take the car out for a spin.
At launch, the Valkyrie will be offered in three variants – “standard”, “intermediate” and a track-only AMR Pro version. The standard version will be a road-going hypercar, while the intermediate will be a track-focused road car.
Now, for some more dope about the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
We’ve been told that the production-spec Valkyrie AMR Pro will have a different front and rear end compared to the car showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The overall weight of the car will not exceed 1000 kg. The car will be powered by a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine that revs to more than 11000 rpm. Aston Martin had said that it will have 1100 hp. However, this is apparently a more conservative figure. In the final-spec the powertrain could produce more than 1200 hp. Also, the car is likely to have a hot lap mode with even more oomph. In its “Ultimate” configuration, it might have close to 1300 hp.
Our sources tell us and I quote, “the AMR Pro will have a “secret” weapon”. We’re not sure what that is, but it certainly sounds exciting.
We have also learned that Aston Martin has already run simulations of the car lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Apparently, the Valkyrie AMR Pro is capable of setting some “incredible” lap times, at least virtually.
Nowadays, more and more carmakers are introducing track-only versions based on road-going supercars – Ferrari and McLaren being the case in point. These limited edition models are often sold out even before they are revealed to the public. However, we have been told that Aston Martin was struggling to sell the 25 units of the Valkyrie AMR Pro.