Aston Martin to race Valkyrie hypercar at Le Mans in 2021

Aston Martin Valkyrie at Le Mans

Aston boss Andy Palmer described the entry into the top class of the WEC with the Valkyrie as the marque's "moonshot".

The Valkyrie is the brainchild of Red Bull Racing's Newey who worked alongside Marek Reichman and David King.

Defending champions and overwhelming favorites Toyota were running first and second after an untroubled opening three hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans sportscar race on Saturday.

The new rules of the revamped series, which take effect from the start of the 2020-21 season, aim "to create a top class with a level playing field" that can't simply be dominated by those with the biggest budget.

It's official. Aston Martin has committed to the new hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship with its Valkyrie flagship, which means the auto is set to fight for outfight victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"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", he said.

Aston Martin will field two works Valkyries, powered by V12 normally-aspirated engines, as part of a multi-year commitment to a championship now dominated by Japanese manufacturer Toyota.

As a outcome, 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. "Please be patient, we think it will be very much worth the wait", Tomoyama promised. "We're coming here to give it a bloody good shot".

The hypercar class was first announced past year.

It also reported 136 million pounds of one-off costs due to its initial public offering, pushing it to a reported pre-tax loss of 68 million pounds.

"There's a huge British fanbase that goes down to Le Mans, so hopefully they will be cheering for David in the David and Goliath competition".

"We will continue at Le Mans, as this the the best category to develop our cars", Shigeki Tomoyama (above), Toyota Gazoo Racing president, told assembled media at the pre-race press conference.

"And therefore it becomes a natural competitor to a Lamborghini or a Ferrari or a McLaren".

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