Aston Martin recently returned to Formula One (with Red Bull Racing) after more than half a century away, a moment it celebrated by making the Valkyrie: an outrageous hypercar with 1,000 horsepower that weighs just 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds).
At Geneva Aston Martin also announced that watch brand Tag Heuer has become an official parter and that its branding will feature on the new FIA WEC-bound Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Aston Martin isn't new to building track-bred variants of its speed machines and the AMR Pro is just that.
Wider than the road auto, the track-only Valkyrie produces notably more downforce thanks to enhanced wings and reconfigured active aerodynamics.
The AMR Pro will feature calibration changes to the Valkyrie's 6.5-liter, normally aspirated V12 engine and re-programming of its energy recovery system that will result in an output of more than 1,100 horsepower and a top speed of 225 miles per hour. Full technical details, says Aston, will be revealed in due course, but here's what we know for now. That's to say more than 1bhp to propel every kilogram of mass.
Adrian Newey - Red Bull F1's CTO, who helped design the Valkyrie - had this to say: "The Aston Martin Valkyrie road vehicle draws extensively from the knowledge I have gained during my career in Formula One". Appropriately enough, it is sitting alongside an example of each of these on Aston's stand at the Geneva Motor Show. 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! It is actually capable of creating in excess of 1,000kg of downforce meaning that it's technically possible for this Aston to drive upside down and not fall from the roof.
Speaking at the debut event, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing said: "It is hugely rewarding to see the Valkyrie AMR Pro unveiled here in Geneva, another evolutionary step in the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin".
And ponder you must, because - as expected - each of the 25 Valkyrie AMR Pros have been accounted for. Public days are March 8th to 18th.