Aston Martin will race a detuned Valkyrie at Le Mans in the new Hypercar class



The Aston Martin Valkyrie will race in 2020-21(Credit: Aston Martin)

on the eve of the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin announced that it will be back next season to take on the prestigious endurance race with its new sweetheart, the Valkyrie hypercar. Aston Martin’s factory motorsport team, Aston Martin Racing, will field two Valkyries in the 2020-2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the primary goal of winning Le Mans outright in 2021.

The Valkyrie’s underbody aeros look pretty extreme from the front(Credit: Aston Martin)

britain has enjoyed a long relationship with the circuit de la sarthe, and in 2021 it will be 100 years since aston martin first raced there. but it’s more than a century since a british-built car claimed top honors. to break the statistic, aston martin is now set to carry the mantle into the next decade with a bold attempt to win le mans and the world championship.

but the rear aspect shows just how extreme this machine is(Credit: Aston Martin)

the aston martin valkyrie — the most extreme road car and platform for this future challenger — is the result from the combined vision of adrian newey (aston martin red bull racing’s chief technical officer), marek reichman (aston martin EVP and chief creative officer), and david king (aston martin VP and chief special operations officer). in line with WEC’s newly confirmed ‘hypercar’ regulations designed to allow race-prepared derivatives of the world’s fastest road cars to fight at the forefront of world sportscar racing, the aston martin valkyrie race car will draw on all the radical pillars of the road car and its track-only AMR pro variant.

The Cosworth-developed engine will need to be significantly tuned down to meet regulations(Credit: Aston Martin)

the new car will feature a race-prepared version of its bespoke high-revving normally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. placed within a lightweight carbon fibre structure, and featuring F1 inspired aerodynamic technology, it forms a fully competitive platform capable of challenging for outright race wins.

‘the FIA world endurance championship and the 24 Hours of le mans represent the ultimate challenge for the aston martin valkyrie – the world’s most extreme hypercar. designed and built with the purpose of pushing boundaries on the road, it’s natural to conclude that the next stage in its development would be to measure its capabilities on the track,’ comments david king. ‘I can think of no better way to do that than to compete in a world championship and the most prestigious and famous race of all.’

What indeed? We look forward to watching this class unfold, and are hopeful that it’ll flush out a healthy range of the world’s most desirable vehicles for some head-to-head competition.

Source: Aston Martin