The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is About To Get Even More Extreme

Aston Martin Valkyrie at Le Mans

Aston Martin Valkyrie at Le Mans

Aston Martin confirmed it will send the Valkyrie to the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Understandably, the introduction of a "hypercar" class for the World Endurance Championship from September 2020 has met with some enthusiasm.

Aston Martin made the announcement on Friday at Le Mans, where the automaker is preparing for this weekend's running of the 24-hour French classic in the GTE class with the Vantage.

Aston has been developing the Valkyrie in conjunction with Red Bull Racing, and has so far confirmed both a "regular" road vehicle and a slightly hotter track variant that it calls the AMR Pro.

The Valkyrie already looks insane in road-legal spec, so I can only imagine how nutso the WEC version will be. The Valkyrie will race with a motorsport prepared version of its 11,000rpm, 6.5-litre V12 - imagine the noise that'll make - as well as carrying over the chassis and aerodynamic innovations of the road auto.

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"We will continue at Le Mans, as this the the best category to develop our cars", Shigeki Tomoyama (above), Toyota Gazoo Racing president, told assembled media at the pre-race press conference. As a result it should sound fantastic.

"We have always said that we would one day bring Aston Martin back to Le Mans with the intention of going for the outright win when the time was right-now is that time", he said. David Brown came here in 1959, with a auto and a team of drivers capable of winning.

For those enthused by the prospect of a pair of 1,000hp, V12 Aston Martins racing at Le Mans, you're certainly not alone. We intend to do the same in 2021.

The new rules were created to coax manufacturers like Aston Martin back into the top level of WEC and were also aimed at luring back Ferrari after a 46-year absence of a Scuderia-backed factory vehicle from the top level of racing at Le Mans. "We wanted to be able to use a auto we already make with technology we already have".

First announced in 2018, the regulations for the new class were only officially finalised this year. We look forward to seeing the rest of the field in due course.

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