Any true car enthusiast would already have their schedules cleared for the end of March — the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show. Arguably one of the nation’s largest events for all things car-related, this is when all the top brands gather and pull out their big guns, giving car aficionados nationwide a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come.
This year, for the first time ever in Asia, Aston Martin is prepared to truly blow fans away by showcasing what is expected to be one of the most exciting and expensive cars of the event — enter the Valkyrie AMR Pro, Aston Martin’s concept hypercar. Here’s a closer look.
What is the Valkyrie AMR Pro?
Last year, Aston Martin revealed its Valkyrie — arguably the most innovative supercar to have existed so far. With four-digit output figures and impressive streamlined prowess, this was a hypercar with speed and power levels of near-insanity. Now, imagine that, but completely freed from the constraints and considerations of road use — in other words, newer, faster, stronger — and you have the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
The brainchild of English Formula 1 genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie AMR Pro comes from a unique collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing, and is perhaps the most extreme Aston Martin in history. With production limited to just 25 models, the extraordinary hypercar is created as the ultimate expression of performance — developed only for the tracks, deliveries for the car aren’t expected till 2020, but all cars are already sold out.
The most obvious changes can be seen on the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s exterior. You still have the wide and low stance of a formidable powerhouse supercar, along with the original Valkyrie’s big fenders, large-diameter wheels and a cockpit shaped like a tear. While the core forms are all present, all the aerodynamic surfaces have been revised for a significantly increased downforce. The front and rear wings have been made much larger, and new wing blades can be spotted behind the front wheels — possibly to help vent heat from the brakes without affecting the downforce dynamics over at the front end. Major changes have been made to the active aerodynamic strategies, and even the wheel diameters have been downsized — all especially tailored to meet the demands of intense track driving.
A Closer Look
The hypercar runs on a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine. Significant engine recalibration and changes to the car’s emission control systems means extra power and torque. While the output of the Rimac Energy Recover System remains the same as the original Valkyrie, its track-only counterpart will have a complete reprogramming of control systems.
In an age where go-fast tech in supercars races to extreme levels of uncharted prowess, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro shows what can be achieved when freed from constraints, and without concessions.