Aston Martin commits to 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours entry

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Following the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s decision to introduce hypercars to the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin has revealed that it will field a minimum of two works Aston Martin Valkyries in the series.

Built as part of a technical collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will be redeveloped for the 2020/21 FIA WEC season, including the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.

In line with the WEC’s newly confirmed hypercar regulations designed to allow race-prepared derivatives of the world’s fastest road cars to compete in world sportscar racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie race car will draw on the road car and its track-only AMR Pro variant.

The new car, featuring F1 inspired aerodynamic technology, will be equipped with a race-prepared version of its bespoke high-revving normally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine, placed within a lightweight carbon fiber structure.

Aston Martin vice president and chief special operations officer David King said, “The FIA WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans represent the ultimate challenge for the Aston Martin Valkyrie. 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.”

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