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It’s been a while since the sport of Formula 1 has used the small capacity, high-revving, banshee-screaming V12. It was a unique sound that sent shockwaves of goosebumps around the body, you could almost hear the cars around an entire circuit. It was a special sound. Today’s Formula 1 cars are tame in comparison, of course they make amazing power for their compact size and are currently the most efficient that the sport’s engines have been, but they’re so much more muted. Anyone sitting trackside at this year’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix would have heard the Aston Martin Valkyrie long before they saw it, and if they were anything like the SXdrv crew then memories of old grand prix races should have come flooding in. That’s not a bad thing!

The reason this Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro projects its distinct soundtrack so far is because it too is powered by a highly-tuned normally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is an engineering masterpiece due to the fact that its sole intent is to be driven on track at speed, and so its engineers didn’t have to conform to the same rules that road legal hypercars have to follow. With no restriction in place, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro’s V12 develops a massive 1000 hp while everything rotates at an amazingly impressive 11 000rpm. The top speed when maxing out the gears is unrestricted and sees the AMR Pro capable of 362km/h (225 mph). The soundtrack is almost surreal, and something to be savoured while blatantly excessive gasoline engines have their days numbered. Especially highly-tuned normally aspirated ones that produce the same power as hypercars that make use of forced induction.

The Cosworth-built and tuned (that familiar soundtrack makes even more sense now, huh?) V12s  were seen on the Bahrain circuit ahead of the qualifying session on Saturday. And also on the Sunday morning before the race proceedings started up. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro was driven by Aston Martin’s own development driver, Dirk Müller, who commented: “That was unbelievable. I know everyone says that about cars all the time but seriously, this car is something else. It’s closer to an F1 car in terms of performance than anything else I have ever driven. The power, the handling, the grip, everything is perfect.” Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers followed that up with his comment: “This car is performance engineering at its best. All of our test drivers, all extremely successful racing drivers, are in awe of this car and it is easy to understand why. Valkyrie AMR Pro is approaching F1 performance levels, and we are very proud of the most extreme Aston Martin yet."
There’s a mere 40 units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro planned for production and the first units have already started being rolled out to the patiently waiting owners. The cost of a Valkyrie AMR Pro hovers around the $3 500 000 mark, so you know they’re all going to some fanatical owners to be part of some amazing collections.
Take a look at the YouTube video about the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro at the Bahrain Grand Prix below: Unleashing the ultimate no-rules hypercar | Valkyrie AMR Pro | Aston Martin

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