Aston Martin recently returned to Formula One (with Red Bull Racing) after more than half a century away, a moment he celebrated when making the Valkyrie: an exaggerated hypercar with 1,000 horsepower that weighs just 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds). That, apparently, was not enough, because today the famous British automaker unveiled a single-track version of the Valkyrie at the Geneva Motor Show that combines some wild new bodies with a V12 hybrid power train that stretches the automobile to more than 1,100 horsepower.
The new Valkyrie adopts the "AMR Pro" designation of Aston Martin that the company usually uses for its track-focused special edition cars. In fact, we knew it would come for a while, since the first sketches of the car were launched at the end of last year. But this is the first time that Aston Martin has removed the cover of reality, and also the first time we heard some, but nothing near the final specifications of the car.
Those 1,100 horsepower will push a car that still weighs only 1,000 kilograms, which Aston Martin has kept abandoning basically all the comforts of the Valkyrie highway. The infotainment screen and the heating / ventilation system have been thrown out the window, which by the way is now also made of polycarbonate instead of glass. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is also plagued with lightweight carbon fiber, either in suspension work or in the body itself.
Only 25 will be manufactured and, yes, they were sold
What was already a radically aerodynamic form in the original Valkyrie has now been taken to the extreme, with large changes in the front and rear wings of the car. It also has an active aerodynamics that responds to the way the car moves through the air, adapting in real time to allow as much air (or through) the car as possible to reduce friction. The result of all this is that Valkyrie AMR Pro generates more than its own weight in aerodynamic downforce aerodynamics, which helps it scream up to its top speed of 225 miles per hour.
That sounds fun to drive in a way that almost makes the original Valkyrie look boring. But, as is the case with most hypercars like this, an ice cube has a greater chance of surviving a trip through the sun than you or I in driving this thing. Aston Martin makes only 25 of these asphalt ships, and all have been sold. No price was given, but will be delivered from 2020. Meanwhile, I will try to make new friends.