Saturday, February 4, 2023
News The Aston Martin Valkyrie is heading to Le Mans

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is heading to Le Mans

Aston Martin confirmed that starting next year a pair of Valkyries will be on the grid from 2021.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the British manufacturer’s win at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. The timing of the announcement is therefore perfect!

Indeed, in 1959 Aston Martin did a 1-2 finish at the French racing venue with the DBR1, shared by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, taking the win.

Now, for the 2020/2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season, the carmaker will field a minimum of two works Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercars that will be specially developed for the full season.

Not only that but when Aston Martin will be back at Le Mans in 2021 it will mark the 100-year anniversary of them racing there for the first time.

The Valkyries will run a bespoke high-revving normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a $3.2M hypercar created by a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. The road version develops 1,160 hp and weighs around 1,100 kg. The car also features an all-carbon fibre bodywork.

Here’s what they said:

David King, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer: “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.”

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO: “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?”

Trending Now

The GMC Hummer EV SUV Began Rolling Off the Assembly Line Yesterday

The SUV version joins the electric pickup in the GMC lineup. The first deliveries are expected to take place before the end of...

Toyota’s Top Scientist Says All-In on EV is Wrong

Scientist explains how a mix of hybrids can lower emissions more quickly Says we simply don't have enough lithium to go all-EV An EV-only...

State Farm won’t Insure 15 Hyundai and Kia Models due to High Theft Rates

Many of the automaker’s models made between 2015 and 2021 don’t have an engine immobilizer. A TikTok challenge is at the origin of...

Rivian will Add Bidirectional charging via an Over the Air Update

This will be available to every Rivian vehicle ever made. The company has yet to confirm the details of this future update. This...

A Canadian Made a 15,700-kilometer Road Trip in a Hyundai IONIQ 5

Patrick Nadeau, From Disraeli (QC), drove from his home to Mexico and back. His car is a Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range RWD. ...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.