The new WEC regulations allow for race-prepared derivatives of the world’s fastest road cars to fight at the forefront of world sportscar racing. Drawing on both the Valkyrie road car and the AMR Pro track version, Aston says the WEC car will feature a race-prepared version of the normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine in a lightweight carbon fibre structure featuring F1 inspired aerodynamics, courtesy of Adrian Newey, among the world’s greatest and most successful F1 designers.
“We have always said that we would one day bring Aston Martin back to Le Mans with the intention of going for the outright win when the time was right – now is that time,” said Aston chief Andy Palmer.
“David Brown came here in 1959, with a car and a team of drivers capable of winning. We intend to do the same in 2021. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such a challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO’s new ‘hypercar’ rule framework.
“What could be more evocative than the wail of an Aston Martin V12 leading the charge into the night on the Mulsanne straight?”