Aston Martin is ready with Valkyrie for hypercar class at Le Mans race. Recently, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced a new top class for the Le Mans endurance race. It is a “hypercar” class that will begin in 2020-21. This race provides the best platform for the best and powerful racer cars to prove themselves. Therefore, beside other racer cars Aston Martin will show it’s the race power with Valkyrie.
Thus, Aston Martin will challenge for outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2021. The British luxury sports car maker announced after organizers rewrote the rules.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
For the Le Mans race, Aston Martin will send two Valkyries, powered by V12 normally-aspirated engines. On the other hand, the race is currently conquered by Japanese manufacturer Toyota. According to the new Le Mans regulations, it will allow car makers either to enter hypercar-style prototypes. If not they have to develop racing machines based on homologated road-going hypercars.
Besides that the companies have to introduce with a minimum of 20 units produced over a two-year period. But importantly, the cars should have 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) weight. Whereas the powertrain’s “average total output” to 550 kW (750 hp), with a view to keeping average lap times somewhere in the region of 3:30 at Le Mans.
While aerodynamic safety criteria will be imposed, underbody and body design will be free, allowing wild designs like the Valkyrie to push forward with aerodynamic ideas far too extreme for Formula One.
For the race, Valkyrie will have to tone its monstrous hybrid powertrain down significantly. Its naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 is set to make more than 1,000 hp, and that’s not including several hundred more horses that the hybrid powertrain is due to add.