Aston Martin claims its upcoming Valkyrie hybrid hypercar will set a brand new efficiency benchmark, however that’s simple to say when your new automobile is destined to be nothing greater than a wealthy individual’s plaything. Aston is placing its cash the place its mouth is, nonetheless. The Valkyrie will race on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021 as Aston goals for its second general win within the legendary French race.
Aston Martin Vantages at present race at Le Mans, however solely in a lower-level class that doesn’t permit the British automaker to problem for outright victory. Aston’s solely general win got here in 1959 with the DBR1. The automaker has tried, and failed, quite a few instances to attain a repeat victory. Aston believes new guidelines will give it a good shot in 2021, which additionally occurs to be the 100th anniversary of the automaker’s Le Mans debut.
Beneath the present guidelines, the highest class of Le Mans consists of purpose-built hybrid race automobiles. It beforehand featured Toyota, Audi, and Porsche, however the latter two dropped out, leaving Toyota uncontested. That’s fairly boring, so organizers drafted new guidelines with the intention to entice extra groups. These so-called “hypercar” guidelines name for racing derivatives of the world’s quickest highway automobiles, in accordance with Aston. With so many automakers engaged on insane hypercars, now could be pretty much as good a time as ever to construct a category of race automobiles round them.
The Valkyrie already has loads of racing DNA. It’s the product of a partnership between Aston and the Purple Bull Racing Components One workforce. Purple Bull’s Adrian Newey, one of the vital profitable designers in F1 historical past, penned the Valkyrie in live performance with Aston’s in-house design workforce. Powered by a 6.5-liter V12 with electrical help, and that includes radical aerodynamics, Aston has mentioned the Valkyrie will have the ability to match the efficiency of some present race automobiles on the observe.
Aston plans to make two variations of the Valkyrie: A road-legal mannequin, and an AMR Professional model that will likely be for racetracks solely. Simply 25 Valkyries will likely be in-built whole, with deliveries anticipated to start in 2020. It stays to be seen whether or not organizers can persuade sufficient different automakers to enter their very own hypercars at Le Mans when the Valkyrie makes its racing debut in 2021.