Aston Martin’s iconic Valkyrie hypercar is set to make history at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race starting in 2025. Partnering with Heart of Racing (HoR), Aston Martin will field at least one Valkyrie racecar in the top Hypercar class of both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships (IMSA). This bold move not only marks Aston Martin’s return to the pinnacle of endurance racing but also highlights their commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and innovation.
The collaboration between Aston Martin and HoR, a championship-winning endurance racing partner, promises an exciting chapter in motorsport history. The Valkyrie, with its cutting-edge technology and performance capabilities, is a testament to Aston Martin’s dedication to excellence. Drawing inspiration from their Formula 1® expertise, the Valkyrie racecar is being meticulously crafted to achieve unparalleled speed, agility, and endurance.
Under the hood, a modified version of the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine powers the Valkyrie racecar, generating over 1000bhp and revving to an impressive 11,000rpm. This powerhouse will be fine-tuned to meet the stringent Balance of Performance requirements of the Hypercar class, ensuring it can endure the rigors of long-distance racing at the highest level.
Aston Martin’s commitment to Le Mans signifies a deep-rooted connection with endurance racing. Having made its Le Mans debut just five years after the race’s inception in 1923, Aston Martin has a rich history at this iconic event. The Valkyrie, with its race-optimized carbon-fiber chassis and advanced aerodynamics, aims to build on the brand’s legacy by conquering the grueling challenges of Le Mans and other prestigious races like the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
But Aston Martin’s ambitions don’t stop there. In addition to the hypercar venture, the renowned British marque is poised to enter a new era in GT racing. Aston Martin is gearing up to introduce all-new GT3 and GT4 cars based on the Vantage platform, adhering to both existing and new GT rule-sets, including the innovative LMGT3 regulations set to replace the outgoing GTE class in WEC. This strategic move ensures Aston Martin’s presence in various racing championships, reaffirming their commitment to performance and competitiveness.
As the current generation of Vantage bows out, having achieved remarkable successes in endurance racing, the new GT race car signifies a fresh beginning. This new chapter in Aston Martin Racing’s history heralds a promising future, combining innovation, heritage, and a relentless pursuit of victory. Aston Martin’s presence at all levels of sportscar and GT racing, from hypercar to GT4, and even in the esteemed FIA Formula 1® World Championship, cements their status as a powerhouse in the world of motorsport. The legacy continues, promising thrilling races and unforgettable moments for motorsport enthusiasts around the globe.