Aston Martin challenges ToyotaJune 15, 2019
Curious changes are coming up in the World Endurance Race Championship: for the 2020-2021 season. A new technical regulation must be adopted, in which the Hypercar category will first appear, and the Aston Martin car created by Adrian Newey will debut in it.
In the British company announced that they intend to put at the start at least two cars Aston Martin Valkyrie V12, which will perform at all stages of the season, including the “24 hours of Le Mans.”
Under the leadership of Newy, the cars will be built on the British base of the Canadian company Multimatic Motorsports, and the Swiss team R-Motorsport, which will be performing on the Aston Martin cars in the DTM series from this year, will organize the participation in the championship. Apparently, the new project will also be funded from Swiss sources.
Racing Valkyrie should be equipped with a special version of the atmospheric engine V12 with a working volume of 6.5 liters, which will be installed on the chassis, built on the basis of composite materials using all the latest achievements of aerodynamics, successfully used in Formula 1.
“We always said that the day would come when we would return Aston Martin to Le Mans,” said Andy Palmer, head of Aston Martin Lagonda. – We intended to join the struggle for victory as soon as the right moment comes, and now it has arrived.
David Brown (the then owner of the company) appeared in Le Mans in 1959 with a car and a team capable of fighting for victory. We intend to do the same in 2021. In Aston Martin are ready to accept this challenge, we are perfectly satisfied with the category of HyperCar, provided by the new rules of the ACO autoclub … We are embarking on this most ambitious project, having all the necessary ingredients that will allow us to succeed. ”
Since Toyota is also engaged in the development of a new sport prototype, we can assume that at last the Japanese team’s factory team will have a serious rival who will be able to give it a real challenge. Currently, private teams of the LMP1 category are still clearly inferior in their capabilities to the leaders of the championship and can claim victory in Le Mans only if, for one reason or another, Toyota will have problems.
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