ASTON Martin is set to enter the 2025 24 Hours of Le Mans Hypercar class with a prototype Valkyrie racecar.
The car will also compete in the FIA World Endurance and the IMSA Sportscar championships making the Valkyrie the first hypercar to challenge simultaneously in both of endurance racing's most prestigious series.
In conjunction with the Heart of Racing team it means that the prototype Valkyrie will participate in three of sportscar racing's leading events - Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Lawrence Stroll, executive chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: "Performance is the lifeblood of everything that we do at Aston Martin, and motorsport is the ultimate expression of this pursuit of excellence.
"We have been present at Le Mans since the earliest days, and through those glorious endeavours we succeeded in winning Le Mans in 1959 and our class 19 times over the past 95 years.
"Now we return to the scene of those first triumphs aiming to write new history with a racing prototype inspired by the fastest production car Aston Martin has ever built."
Aston Martin's entry into the Hypercar class ensures that the British ultra-luxury sportscar manufacturer will have a presence in all aspects of endurance racing from the 'gentleman racer' through to the very pinnacle of the sport.
From 2025, Aston Martin will be the only manufacturer competing at all levels of sportscar and GT racing from Hypercar to GT4 and the FIA Formula 1World Championship.
Adam Carter, Aston Martin head of endurance motorsport, said: "Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for Aston Martin in endurance racing. As a manufacturer, Aston Martin has a consistent record of success at world championship level and, through the efforts of the Heart of Racing, also now in IMSA.
"Valkyrie takes us back into the top tier of sportscar racing and, together with our partners we are absolutely confident that we can deliver a race car with the potential and the performance capabilities to fight alongside the benchmark machinery in the class. To be able to do this in cooperation with a proven championship-winning operation such as Heart of Racing ensures we have all we need to race from a competitive platform."
He added: "It's a fascinating programme, given that this is the only hypercar in the class with direct synergies to its road car counterpart, but the Valkyrie concept was always intended to break through boundaries, and now we have the opportunity to show what it can do on a track.
"By also confirming Aston Martin's commitment to a new GT3 and GT4 challenger, we signal our intent to compete for victory at all levels of sportscar racing now and well into the future."