Aston Martin Revives Valkyrie Hypercar for Endurance Racing
Aston Martin, the luxury car manufacturer, has officially announced the revival of its Valkyrie Hypercar programme. The company revealed that at least one car from the Valkyrie lineup will be competing in the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship) and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting from 2025.
In an unprecedented move, Aston Martin will become the first manufacturer to commit an LMH-spec (Le Mans Hypercar) car to both championships by entering IMSA’s GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) category. This decision showcases the brand’s commitment to endurance racing and solidifies its position as a pioneer in the industry.
To ensure a successful return to endurance racing, Aston Martin’s revitalized programme will receive support from Heart of Racing, its trusted endurance racing partner. The collaboration aims to leverage the expertise and experience of both entities to create a winning formula on the track.
Lawrence Stroll, the executive chairman of Aston Martin, expressed his belief that the company’s return to endurance racing will allow them to establish a stronger connection with customers and the community. By participating in high-profile competitions, Aston Martin can showcase its capabilities and further cement its reputation as a formidable contender in the automotive world.
Preparations for the Valkyrie’s racing transformation are already underway. The company has begun developing a competition prototype version of the hypercar, with track testing scheduled for early 2024. Homologation is planned for the autumn of next year, ensuring compliance with racing regulations.
Unlike the road-specification Valkyrie, the race-optimized version will not incorporate the battery-electric hybrid system. Instead, it will feature a modified version of the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. This decision highlights Aston Martin’s focus on performance and speed in its endurance racing endeavors.
The Heart of Racing team, founded by Gabe Newell, will lead Aston Martin’s efforts in both the FIA WEC and IMSA championships. With their expertise and track record of success, they are well-positioned to steer Aston Martin towards victory.
In addition to announcing the Valkyrie’s return to endurance racing, Aston Martin also revealed its plans for GT (Grand Touring) racing starting from 2025. Adam Carter, the head of endurance motorsport at Aston Martin, expressed confidence in delivering a competitive race car that can compete alongside the top machinery in its class.
The revival of the Valkyrie Hypercar programme is a testament to Aston Martin’s commitment to pushing boundaries and achieving excellence. As the company gears up for its return to endurance racing, enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the thrilling performances that await them on the track.
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