Aston Martin Will Return To Le Mans With Two Valkyries In 2025

BY Sean Loo

Aston Martin will be making a grand return to the top tier of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025.

Aston Martin, in collaboration with their works team Heart of Racing, will field not one but two Valkyrie AMR-LMH hypercars.

Aston Martin’s intent to enter two Valkyrie AMR-LMH hypercars in all rounds of the 2025 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) hinges on their entry being accepted.

This move follows a new regulation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), mandating that manufacturers must field at least two cars in the Hypercar class from 2025 onwards.

This rule change was officially announced during the press conference ahead of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Adam Carter, Aston Martin’s Head of Endurance Motorsport, reflects on the brand’s storied past and promising future. “You can trace the roots of Aston Martin’s endurance racing back to the earliest days of the brand. We first raced at Le Mans more than 95 years ago, something no other road-going hypercar manufacturer can say.”

The Valkyrie AMR-LMH is a race-optimised hypercar that features a carbon-fibre chassis and a modified version of the Cosworth-built 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, originally developed for the Valkyrie road car.

This engine revs to 11,000rpm and delivers over 1000bhp. For the Hypercar class, the power unit is further enhanced to meet requirements and endure the rigours of top-level long-distance competition.

Notably, unlike the road-spec Valkyrie, the race car does not feature a battery-electric hybrid system.

The development of the Valkyrie AMR-LMH is well underway, with recent testing at Aston Martin’s Silverstone facility and the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

Aston Martin and Heart of Racing aren’t stopping at the WEC. They’re also planning an IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Programme for the Valkyrie AMR-LMH, set to compete in the GTP class of the US-based endurance series, run out of Heart of Racing’s Phoenix HQ in North America.

Heart of Racing Team Principal Ian James captures the spirit of this ambitious venture: “With this new direction of the WEC ruleset, we have had to bring forward our plans to run multiple cars in the Hypercar class. The challenge ahead is immense, and we are looking forward to the journey.”