Imagine a Formula One car, clothed in roadgoing bodywork. Adrian Newey did. He’s the design genius behind Red Bull Racing Advanced Technologies and his F1 winning designs go all the way back to the early 1990s. In a unique collaboration, Aston Martin and Newey’s teams have created a no-compromise, clean sheet hypercar that should make existing dream machines look heavy, slow and unrewarding. Just 150 will be built.
The Valkyrie is designed for the
ultimate in track performance, but it will also be road-legal, with active
suspension that both eliminates roll at speed and copes with less than ideal
road surfaces. The gearbox, too, has been specially developed for Valkyrie.
Inside the cockpit, there is a central touchscreen. All the controls the driver
needs are contained on the Le-Mans style detachable steering wheel, including an
integral screen. Small screens at either end of the dash provide a camera-eye
view rearward in place of conventional rear-view mirrors.
Most supercar makers claim their models were developed without compromise, but it’s only when you look at the Valkyrie that you see what that phrase truly means. Nothing has been allowed to impede the ultimate in performance; from the ultra-lightweight, high-downforce body to the screaming 6.5-litre V12 that was commissioned for this car and this car alone. In the right hands, on fast circuits, a Valkyrie could set track times that F1 drivers can’t match. That it’s also legal and usable on ordinary roads only confirms what a once-in-a-generation achievement this car is.