On the eve of Aston Martin’s 60th Anniversary of winning the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1959, the brand announced that it will once again bid for outright victory in the French endurance classic in 2021.
After the announcement of the Automobile Club de l’Quest’s decision to introduce hypercars to the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin will add a minimum of two Valkyrie hypercars that have been specially developed for the 2020/21 FIA WEC season, including the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The year 2021 will mark 100 years since an Aston Martin first raced there. It has been more than a quarter of a century since a British derivative of a road car claimed top honors at Le Mans, invoking the pioneering spirit of the company’s founder Lionel Martin and the ingenuity of Britain’s best engineering minds. The brand is now set to carry that mantle into the next decade with a bold attempt to win Le Mans and the world championship.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie, the world’s most extreme road car and platform for this future challenger, is the combined vision of brand’s Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King. Bearing all of the previous experience and knowledge of competing at the top levels of motorsport, they have embarked on this ambitious project with the necessary ingredients for success.