Horner and Newey show off new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Powering the Valkyrie AMR Pro is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine sourced from Cosworth. Since it was christened at last year's Geneva show, car's like the McLaren Senna and Mercedes-AMG Project One have stolen the limelight in the previously non-existent segment.

The existing Valkyrie was already described as a "genre-defining road-legal hypercar". Like we said, extreme. While it features wider bodywork and significantly larger front and rear wings to keep it planted on the road, the panels are made using a lighter carbon fibre construction and the cockpit has had the ventilation and infotainment systems removed, moulded race seats fitted and polycarbonate windows and windscreen.

Taking the world's most extreme road vehicle as its basis, the AMR Pro version distills the combined knowledge, expertise and aspirations of Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and Aston Martin's most talented design and engineering teams, led by Marek Reichman - Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer - and David King - Chief Special Operations Officer - to create a auto with the performance capabilities of a current Le Mans LMP1 prototype or Formula One vehicle. The keen mathematicians among you will note that this means the AMR Pro far exceeds the current automotive holy grail of a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. But Aston Martin is also the title sponsor of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, for which TAG Heuer is also Official Timekeeper.

Due to arrive on the driveway of lucky owners in 2020, the AMR Pro has been created to have the performance to match a F1 or Le Mans vehicle.

It's created to only be used on a track, which means Aston has done away with a few of life's luxuries: you won't get a heater or de-mister, and it doesn't get an infotainment screen.

"We've told a few of its secrets, but by no means all", teased Newey.

Newey said: "The Aston Martin Valkyrie road auto draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula One, but the AMR Pro version has allowed me to work beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality". Aston Martin is not delivering the first cars until 2020, and it is only making 25 of them. "Suffice to say they're quite impressive". This figure shames existing track-hypercars, such as the 704bhp/tonne McLaren P1 GTR, while even the Techrules Ren RS electric track auto, which produces 1287bhp, is expected to fall short of the Aston's benchmark by around 300bhp/tonne.

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