Where is Aston Martin in its tests with the Valkyrie?

Expected to compete in 2025, the Valkyrie LMH should hit the track this summer, assures Aston Martin. In the meantime, the British manufacturer has been working with its AMR Pro.

Published on 16/05/2024 à 17:22

Valentin GLO

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Where is Aston Martin in its tests with the Valkyrie?

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Aston Martin caused a sensation last October by announcing its arrival in the Hypercar categories of the WEC and GTP ofIMSA in 2025 with a racing version of its Valkyrie. Not completely ready, this competition Valkyrie has not yet taken to the track. The Gaydon (United Kingdom) firm is doing well in testing, but with an AMR Pro. A development mule, which allows certain systems of the Hypercar to be tested and which will soon give way to the LMH version.

« We accomplished the job we wanted to accomplish with this car, explained Adam Carter, Program Manager Endurance of Aston Martin, in comments relayed by our colleagues from dailysportscar.com. It's almost finished, but we can still do some system testing. This would only represent 20 or 30 kilometers, so it would be more the equivalent of a burn-in than a real test session. »

As we announced in our issue 2459 of April 24, 2024, the British brand notably drove near Portimão (Portugal), as well as at Silverstone (United Kingdom). “ We did about 1 kilometers with the mule ", summed up Carter. After having " got the answers we needed », the AMR Pro should no longer be reused in tests, soon giving way to an LMH version after the 24 Hours of Le Mans. " We will start rolling at the end of the second quarter with a shakedown then start on track from July », assures the Endurance manager of Gaydon.

The English firm will first focus on testing one car in Europe, before dividing its effort between the Old Continent and the United States later in the year. If Heart of Racing is guaranteed to run a Valkyrie LMH in WEC and one in IMSA, what about the second entry that all manufacturers would be required to enter in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship? in 2025? “ We are engaged in a Hypercar program, so we are keeping an eye on what is happening with it and will adapt if necessary. We will do whatever is necessary to be competitive. We will make an announcement when it becomes clearer “, assured Adam Carter.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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