The Heart of Racing Set for Global Hypercar Program with Aston Martin

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The Heart of Racing Set for Global Hypercar Program with Aston Martin

Racing at the highest level of competition in WEC and IMSA starting in 2025

London, England (4 October 2023) – The Heart of Racing will grow its racing program in partnership with Aston Martin to compete in the hypercar classes of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2025.

The Heart of Racing will make history as the first program to campaign in both WEC and IMSA with the same platform under the FIA WEC Hypercar and IMSA GTP rulesets. The Aston Martin Valkyrie will have a race-optimized carbon fiber chassis with a modified Cosworth-built 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that develops over 1,000bhp.

Based in the United States, The Heart of Racing has partnered with Aston Martin since the program’s inception in 2020 and has delivered race and championship-winning campaigns with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in IMSA competition. In just a few seasons, HOR has celebrated impressive milestones on and off the track like winning the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup Championship, winning the 2022 IMSA GTD Class Championship, winning the 2023 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in a franchise first for Aston Martin, and making its WEC debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans – all while raising funds for Seattle Children’s Cardiology Research Fund.

“It’s a privilege to be able to bring Aston Martin back to the top of endurance racing with the Heart of Racing,” said team principal, Ian James. “Our team has grown exponentially since we began racing with those famous wings at Daytona in 2020. We understand and are aligned with the ethos of the brand, and have developed our own systems and technologies to extract the maximum performance of the cars we compete with.

“Our understanding of Valkyrie is strong and we have worked closely with it through our customer activation programs for two years now,” continued James. “This HOR team has big ambitions in endurance racing and this is absolutely the right time for us to step into the top classes of WEC and IMSA and challenge for overall honors. This is not an easy target, but between our partners and the support of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, it is one we have all the tools and capabilities in place to hit the bullseye with.”

In 2024, The Heart of Racing plans to return to both IMSA and WEC for its regular seasons while it develops the hypercar program with Aston Martin Racing.