Aston Martin could quarrel for undisguised Le Mans victories again, if a regulations are rewritten to concede race-modified versions of hypercars such as a Valkyrie to contest during a tip turn of a sport, CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed.
Speaking to Autocar during a launch of a new Vantage highway and competition cars, Palmer pronounced he had been consulted by engine racing’s ruling body, a FIA, on destiny regulations for sportscar racing.
The competition is now in a state of motion since Toyota is a usually works group reliable to contest during a tip LMP1 turn following a withdrawal of Porsche, Audi and Nissan in new years. “They were debating a destiny of LMP1 and asked me for my view,” pronounced Palmer. “My personal viewpoint is really clear: Aston Martin will never contest in a antecedent difficulty since it has no aptitude to us. “But if they authorised racing derivatives of highway cars, that would be really engaging to us and, we suspect, a fans.
“Road-derived competition cars fighting for a win is in gripping with a story of sportscar and Le Mans racing, and a awaiting of a likes of Valkyrie fighting opposite McLaren P1, LaFerrari and some-more would be engaging to some-more than only me, we suspect.” Asked directly if Aston Martin would contest with a Valkyrie if a manners were changed, Palmer said: “Watch this space.”
The Valkyrie is a outcome of a partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, with a technical pattern led by eminent Formula 1 engineer Adrian Newey. The partners have already reliable that they will rise a competition chronicle with reduction weight and some-more energy than a highway automobile for a launch in 2020, nonetheless it is suspicion that a sportscar racing chronicle would have to be some-more impassioned again.
The Valkyrie AMR lane model, of that only 25 will be made, costs some-more than £3 million – around £1m some-more than a customary highway Valkyrie – with all cars already sole out. Aston Martin famously won Le Mans undisguised in 1959, when Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori took feat in a Aston Martin DBR1.
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