Aston Martin is set to join Toyota Gazoo Racing for the launch season for the ACO’s new for 2020/21 ‘HyperCar’ regulations.
The return of the British brand to the top class of endurance racing for the first time since 2011 effectively secures a first season for HyperCar with the Adrian Newey-designed, V12 powered car set to join Toyota for the full season.
Aston Martin has announced that they will field “a minimum of two” works Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercars for the 2020/21 FIA WEC season, including the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.
DSC understands that the race cars will be built, to Newey’s designs, by Multimatic, the Valkyrie platform a joint vision of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.
Valkyrie was created as a result of a technical collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing whose R-Motorport racing arm has previously been linked with a potential additional customer Hypercar programme.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie race car will draw on all the radical pillars of the road car and its track-only AMR Pro variant (below).
The new car will feature a race-prepared version of its bespoke high-revving normally-aspirated 6.5-litre 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 car will not feature a hybrid system.
Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King said:
“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. 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.”
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer added:
“We have always said that we would one day bring Aston Martin back to Le Mans with the intention of going for the outright win when the time was right, now is that time.
“David Brown came here in 1959, with a car and a team of drivers capable of winning.
“We intend to do the same in 2021. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such a challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO’s new ‘hypercar’ rule framework. Bringing to bear all of our previous experience and knowledge of competing at the top levels of motorsport, we embark on this most ambitious project with the necessary ingredients for success. What could be more evocative than the wail of an Aston Martin V12 leading the charge into the night on the Mulsanne straight?”