Aston Martin have announced that they will compete in the 2020/2021 World endurance championship season.
Following the announcement that WEC will introduce new Hypercar regulations for next year, Aston Martin have confirmed they will enter a team with it’s Valkyrie.
The British team will field two cars as they aim to challenge for outright honours for the 2020/2021 season, including the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The news comes on the 10th anniversary of Aston Martin’s last race at Le Mans in the LMP1 class and the 60th anniversary of their first win with the DBR1 prototype.
In Aston Martin’s official press release, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer said: “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.”
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie is primed for such a challenge and sits perfectly within the ACO’s new ‘hypercar’ rule framework.”
At this stage, Aston Martin have not confirmed if the Valkyrie will be run as a hybrid but it will feature a normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine.
The road going version of the Valkyrie was originally designed in partnership with Red Bull and Adrian Newey. While there has been no official announcement, it is possible they will have some involvement in the project.
The new hypercar rules have been introduced by the FIA in an attempt to level the playing field after Toyota’s recent dominance. All cars must be based on a manufacturers current road-going hypercar.