Our personal Mike Spinelli had the privilege to trip shotgun within the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Professional final month, displaying us simply how violent the expertise will be from inside Aston’s hypercar. And whereas the footage was nearly painful to look at, what wasn’t painful was the sound of the high-revving Cosworth V12 engine. Now, we get one other likelihood to hearken to it courtesy of YouTuber Evan Lewis, who was capable of seize the otherworldly shriek of the AMR Professional at a latest check in Laguna Seca.
Lewis bought to witness the Valkyrie AMR Professional after studying of the Hypercar Invitational occasion on the well-known monitor throughout a cross-country highway journey in his Audi RS6 Avant. Whereas on the two-day occasion, Lewis positioned a profitable bid (all profitable bids went to the Make a Want Basis) on a passenger trip within the AMR Professional. Being the photographer and videographer that he’s, Lewis propped up Leica SL2 and SL2S cameras at varied factors on the monitor to file the AMR’s sound.
Shockingly, the entire on-track sounds heard on this video (besides onboard) are recorded instantly by the cameras talked about above, which means no separate mics connected to the automobiles and no sound modifying—but the Aston nonetheless sounds wonderful. Lewis’ thrilling onboard video beneath exhibits simply how briskly and succesful the Valkyrie AMR Professional actually is.
That 6.5-liter Cosworth engine revs to a staggering 11,000 rpm and, at full chat, it feels like a ’90s F1 automotive. At peak energy, the AMR Professional makes 1,000 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque, however on that day at Laguna Seca, it was solely working at about 800 horsepower as a result of monitor’s format.
Simply to present you an thought of how violently quick the AMR Professional is, it is mentioned to run a lap of three:20 across the Circuit de la Sarthe, the place the 24 Hours of Le Mans is held. For comparability, the quickest lap in Le Mans historical past was 3:14.791, from a Toyota TS050 Hybrid prototype racecar. So the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Professional, which was technically on the market to a really small sector of most people ($4.2M earlier than markups), is just a few seconds shy of a prototype Le Mans race automotive.
“[Aston Martin pro driver] Ian James defined to me that he would not be capable of hear me if I felt unwell so I must give him a thumbs down if I used to be about to throw up all around the hypercar’s carbon cockpit. Fortunately, the one emotions I skilled whereas driving within the automotive have been that of joyful and awestruck emotion,” mentioned Lewis.
Admittedly, the AMR Professional model is not road-legal and is supposed purely for the monitor. The usual Aston Martin Valkyrie, although, is a road-legal hypercar with the identical V12 nevertheless it additionally will get an electrical motor to assist improve energy to 1,160 horsepower and 663 pound-feet. It is clearly not as track-capable because the AMR Professional and will not set any Le Mans lap data nevertheless it’s nonetheless very fast. And, as a result of it has the identical Cosworth V12 that revs to the identical 11,000 rpm, its exhaust observe is as scrumptious because the AMR Professional’s.
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