Aston Martin Valkyrie will compete in new hypercar segment at Le Mans

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Aston Martin Valkyrie

At the 2020/2021 WEC, Aston Martin will bring two Valkyrie race cars in their quest to win the championship and the overall win of the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans. Aston Martin Valkyrie will replace current LMP1 category. Shortly after making confirmation in Hypercar Class in FIA World Endurance Championship, Aston Martin is ready for commitment on a multi-year programme with the Valkyrie. This new Hypercar Class segment will allow the participating race cars to look more like their production counterparts. It will help brands to make stronger connection with people.

Rules in the competition will allow active aerodynamics and have set the minimum weight limit to 980kg. At this point of time, technical specifications of the Aston Martin Valkyrie have not been revealed. Hence, we are unsure if the 2021 Le Mans challenger will employ a hybrid powertrain just like the road car. The only information revealed by British sports is that final race car will incorporate a race-prepared version of the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. This announcement on the occasion of Aston Martin 60th anniversary win at 1959 Le Mans with DBR1/300.

Company’s CEO Andy Palmer said that in 1959 David Brown came with a car a team of drivers capable of winning. They intend to do the same in 2021. Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO’s new ‘hypercar’ rule framework. Aston Martin Valkyrie is the work of collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Responsibility for the design was given to Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey. Valkyrie is most extreme road car till date from the British luxury sports carmaker. Apart from Aston Martin, Toyota and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus have officially announced their participation in WEC’s new Hypercar class.

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