It remains to be seen if the FIA racing body, which oversee the World Endurance Championship, will reconsider the launch date for the new class.
Rumours of the racing Valkyrie’s cancellation come amid a significant shake-up at Aston Martin. Last month, Lawrence Stroll, owner of the Racing Point Formula 1 team, took a 16.7% stake in the sports car manufacturer for £182 million, prompting the firm to radically overhaul its future product plan.
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In the wake of the investment, Aston reaffirmed its commitment to launching the road-going Valkyrie this year, and just today (18 February) released images and video of prototypes being tested by F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon.
The Valkyrie is the result of a joint venture between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, which will be maintained “until Aston Martin Valkyrie is delivered”. It is unclear if the withdrawal from WEC is linked to Stroll’s investment.
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