Red Bull boss Christian Horner took time off from Formula 1 pre-season testing this week to attend the Geneva International Motor Show.
Horner was there along with chief technical officer Adrian Newey to help unveil Aston Martin’s new Valkyrie AMR Pro. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and chief creative officer Marek Reichman were also on hand for the occasion.
The existing Valkyrie was already described as a “genre-defining road-legal hypercar”. However, the new AMR Pro model takes it into track-only territory.
“It is hugely rewarding to see the Valkyrie AMR Pro unveiled here in Geneva,” Horner told attendees. “[It’s] another evolutionary step in the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin.
“We set out together with an ambitious and pioneering road map to create something extraordinary in partnership,” he said. “The Valkyrie AMR Pro is yet another turn of that wheel.”
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie road car draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula 1,” contributed Newey.
“But the AMR Pro version has allowed me to work beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality!”
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Aston Martin is being coy with the details of its new baby, and was holding back some technical specifications.
However, the hybrid V12 powertrain is said to generate in excess of 1100hp. The car weighs in at just 1000kg. New F1-inspired aerodynamic design means that the car generates more than that in downforce.
To achieve that low wright, the car does away with creature comforts such as a heater and infotainment displays. There’s a polycarbonate windscreen and side windows, carbon fibre suspension, moulded race seats and a redesigned exhaust system.
“We’ve told a few of its secrets, but by no means all,” teased Newey. “I will leave it to the public to ponder the lap time predictions. Suffice to say they’re quite impressive.”
Deliveries of the car are set to commence in 2020. However, only 25 will be built – and they’ve all already been sold.
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