Aston Martin is aiming to roll out its Valkyrie LMH car in the “back end” of the second quarter this year, having already commenced on-track development through a testing program with the AMR Pro track day car.
The British manufacturer announced a revival of its Le Mans Hypercar program last October through a partnership with The Heart of Racing that will see the car compete in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2025.
Adam Carter, Aston Martin’s head of Endurance Motorsport, told reporters gathered at last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona that development for the V12-powered car is “on program.”
He added that the aim is for Aston Martin to rollout the LMH-spec Valkyrie in the “back end” of the second quarter of the year but did not offer any further details.
The task of preparing the Valkyrie for top-class competition in both WEC and the WeatherTech Championship falls to Aston Martin Performance Technologies (AMPT), which is working to develop the car to fit within a predefined aerodynamic and power performance window for homologation in both series.
Part of that development work includes a testing program with the Valkyrie AMR Pro track-only Hypercar, which serves as the base for the racing car.
Carter revealed that Aston Martin has commenced that program, hitting the track with the AMR Pro at Silverstone a “couple of weeks ago.”
He stated that a “well-trusted member of the AMR team” was at the wheel of the car, with the focus on ‘early systems testing and fundamental software work.’
Carter said that running the AMR Pro has benefits for the development program, as it is able to “push hard” with the car as opposed to being more careful with a new platform.
“I would say it’s intense testing, because the platform already exists and it’s already done a validation program,” said Carter.
“We can go with confidence and fundamentally crack on and push hard on some very focused objectives.
“So rather than a very kind of protracted thing we’ve got very clear objectives of what that testing’s around. So we’ll go in hit it and get the information as soon as possible.”