Aston Martin has confirmed today that their Valkyrie hypercar will not be competing in the future hypercar class at the 24 Hours of Le Man in 2021. The hypercar class is to debut in in 2021 in the World Endurance Championship which sees the top sports car racing in the world compete at the crown jewel of endurance racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Valkyrie is a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team to create one of the best hypercars to hit the roads for a handful of lucky customers.
Recently Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll’s father Lawrence S. Stroll a Canadian billionaire purchased Racing Point Formula 1 team last year from Force India. Another business deal in 2020 for the Stroll father was buying a large chunk of Aston Martin. Stroll from other sources looks to have taken a 20% equity stake in Aston Martin and will bring Aston Martin into his Racing Point Formula 1 team in 2021.
This is where the WEC Valkyrie hypercar class program has either seen a postponement or complete cancellation of the program inside of Aston Martin. Does the 20% equity stake holder of Aston Martin want his attention of the brand going into his Formula 1 team in 2021 instead of racing a hypercar in the World Endurance Championship.
There are many theories and speculation of why the sudden cancellation of the program that was set to hit the track in 2021. The easy assumption is that Stroll wants the major focus going into his son’s racing career instead of racing a hypercar around the world with the WEC to only sell 75 Valkyries to a few lucky wealthy customers. Or should Aston Martin focus on becoming a better mid-field competitor in the global sport of Formula One?