Aston Martin Valkyrie to Make Le Mans Debut in 2021


The #95 crew of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen, will be joined by three-time Le Mans class-winner Darren Turner, who scored the Vantage GTE's first win at Shanghai in China last November.

Valkyrie, says Aston Martin, will be the platform for the Le Mans challenger.

Under the new category's rules, manufacturers may chose to style their competing cars to match an existing production model, or alternatively base their race vehicle off a new road-going model, of which 20 must be produced over a two-year period.

Toyota and Aston Martin have said they'll be taking part in the newly announced hypercar category in the World Endurance Championship.

"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 Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, in a statement.

"Budget cap comes in 2021, the soonest we'd be ready here is 2021 so there's a - as you move to restructure your organisation, that's opportune timing".

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The engine of the Aston Martin Valkyrie consists of a 6.0-liter V12 engine company Cosworth, as well as motor efficiency 160 horsepower.

The eight auto crew of double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, Japan's Kazuki Nakajima and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi won previous year and are looking to clinch the World Endurance Championship (WEC) title.

A Le Mans Hypercar-category racer would represent a third variant.

As a effect, each lap of the 13 kilometre Le Mans circuit will increase from the current 3 minute 13 second benchmark to around three-and-a-half minutes.

"We are under no illusion that this will take every ounce of effort and determination from each of our chosen partners, from our engineers, from our technicians and, of course, from our drivers".

"We would run everything independently, not only technically but fiscally so one isn't going to pull on the other and if we do this, we're not going to do this - so everything has to stand on its own two feet", added Brown.