Aston Martin has revealed an almost near-production ready version of its state-of-the-art Valkyrie hypercar. It features a 6.5-litre Cosworth V12 engine with an electric motor added in too, for over 1000bhp, which will cost a cool around £3,000,000. Kerb weight is expected to be less than 1 tonne, with the magical 1:1 power to weight ratio.
The multi-million-pound work of art, which has been built in partnership with Red Bull had already been revealed in pre-production form, yet Aston Martin has now given us a much more comprehensive, near complete look into the final form of this incredible milestone in Aston Martin's history.
So how long before the Valkyrie is fully finished?
Miles Nurnberger, Director of Exterior Design at Aston Martin sheds some light:
"[Aston Martin are] around 95 per cent of the way there with the exterior design. Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car, so this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore way of finding more downforce."
Exciting times indeed, as Adrian Newey is hugely renowned for his F1 car creations, the Valkyrie sets the standard for what is essentially a F1/LMP1 car for the road. It begs the question; how will it even be road regal?
As expected, the car has a crazy amount of detail and facts which question what is actually possible for a road car. For example, the cockpit (interior just doesn't seem right word to describe it in this road racer) can occupy two people, who will both in essence be sitting with their feet up; Just like an F1 car. The steering wheel looks very much like an F1 inspired affair, or out of a space ship, whichever you find more fitting.
You may have noticed that the Valkyrie doesn't even have door/wing mirrors. Instead, so not to spoil the ongoing quest for aerodynamic perfection, inside the cockpit two screens are used, mounted to the base of each A-Pillar, which contain a pair of rear facing cameras. Why has this never been done before on other road cars? The Valkyrie just seems to be carving its own way of doing things.
Another considerable change in the Valkyrie's creating is the openings in the frame amongst the cockpit and front wheel arches. They are key in delivering significant increases in downforce, but the design team had to ensure they also looked great and keep in tune with the rest of the cars incredible looks.
The aerodynamics of the Valkyrie are perhaps the main focus, and the main focus on which many jaws will drop! Two Venturi tunnels run from front to rear under the car - each side of the cockpit, and rumour has it people could actually fit under them quite easily. This is of course to ensure incredible aerodynamics.
With great aerodynamics comes the quest for lightweight. The Valkyrie takes things to new levels after Aston Martin deemed the original badge which sits on each Aston Martin - too heavy! A sticker was deemed not appropriate; therefore, the Valkyrie comes complete with a chemical etched aluminium badge, which is a remarkable 70 microns thick. Aston state that this is '30 per cent thinner than a human hair'.
Stratstone was lucky enough to have the earlier Valkyrie model on our stand at the London Motor Show. This latest model shows a lot more interior detail, along with engine specifications and details. Take a look at the gallery to see if you can spot the differences.
Once this car is finally revealed and perhaps more importantly put through its paces around a race circuit, expect the car world so be in awe!
The Valkyrie promises to be another 'Concorde' moment when it comes to cars.
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