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New V12-engined track demon took to Sakhir track ahead of Formula 1 grand prix last weekend

The Aston Martin Valkyrie made its dynamic debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend, completing two runs of the Sakhir International circuit. 

The hypercar, which is limited to track-only driving, completed its first run ahead of Saturday's qualifying session before rounding the circuit again on Sunday before the race. 

The AMR Pro is driven by a Cosworth-developed 6.5-litre V12 engine that produces 1000bhp and can rev up to 11,000rpm. Top speed is claimed to stand at around 225mph.

To fine-tune the AMR Pro for the track, Aston Martin has fitted bespoke Michelin tyres suited for racing, Formula 1-inspired carbon brakes, perspex windows and lightened carbonfibre suspension.

It was driven at Bahrain by Aston Martin development driver Dirk Müller, who said that it packs performance close to that of an F1 car. 

“That was unbelievable,” Müller said. “I know everyone says that about cars all the time, but seriously, this car is something else. 

“It’s closer to an F1 car in terms of performance than anything else I've ever driven. The power, the handling, the grip: everything is perfect.”

Just 40 examples of the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be produced, all of which will be left-hand drive. Deliveries are currently taking place. 

Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers said the car symbolises peak performance engineering. 

“All of our test drivers, all extremely successful racing drivers, are in awe of this car, and it's easy to understand why,” he explained. “The Valkyrie AMR Pro is approaching F1 performance levels, and we're very proud of the most extreme Aston Martin yet.”

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ms87 22 March 2022

If it's so close to an F1 car, then why don't Aston Martin tell us the lap time around Sakhir so we can compare it to the F1 cars last weekend

Roadster 22 March 2022

The road-going version looks like a Le Mans car converted for the road. This Pro version confirms that the design and ethos of the Valkyrie is pure racing car, a Le Mans car. As stunning as the Valkyrie is it's difficult to view as a 'proper' road car like other hypercars are.

jmd67 21 March 2022

When will we ever see a Valkyrie review? Not a good sign I have to say. Usually, when something is a dud, they won't allow reviews and we know there have been quite a few cars delivered by now. 

Peter Cavellini 21 March 2022
jmd67 wrote:

When will we ever see a Valkyrie review? Not a good sign I have to say. Usually, when something is a dud, they won't allow reviews and we know there have been quite a few cars delivered by now. 

First, there all sold, second, it's not a road car,and third, Dirk Muller isn't going to rubbish the car to the press, media etc is he?

jmd67 21 March 2022

I didn't mention the AMR Pro smart boy. I said Valkyrie. You know, the one Aston have been talking about for some years now. The one that they've had every big name YouTuber clambering in and out of. The one that's had its V12 star in various promo videos. The one that, whisper it, seems to have had quite a few development issues.

It's great that development is now finished and that cars have started getting to customers. I'm just wondering when we'll get some reviews. Normally they can't wait to get the cars, or at least late-stage prototypes, into reviewers' hands. But then a smart boy like you would know that and wouldn't try to score cheap points, would he?

Peter Cavellini 21 March 2022
jmd67 wrote:

I didn't mention the AMR Pro smart boy. I said Valkyrie. You know, the one Aston have been talking about for some years now. The one that they've had every big name YouTuber clambering in and out of. The one that's had its V12 star in various promo videos. The one that, whisper it, seems to have had quite a few development issues.

It's great that development is now finished and that cars have started getting to customers. I'm just wondering when we'll get some reviews. Normally they can't wait to get the cars, or at least late-stage prototypes, into reviewers' hands. But then a smart boy like you would know that and wouldn't try to score cheap points, would he?

No not really a vendetta person, just an end of the Day tongue in cheek half right half wrong knowingly, did they stick F1 Car out for comparison?

Symanski 22 March 2022
jmd67 wrote:

When will we ever see a Valkyrie review? Not a good sign I have to say. Usually, when something is a dud, they won't allow reviews and we know there have been quite a few cars delivered by now. 

Last I heard four have found their way to owners.   And the active aero still doesn't work apparently.

 

I did see a picture of one being driven and the driver has to wear earmuffs.

 

It's not really a road car.   The prototypes were throwing up debris to following cars which would be a worry for anybody in traffic - or great news for Autoglass!