Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie

It’s Aston Martin’s first ever hypercar. It could be the best one ever made.


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.

Design

The Valkyrie’s radical, low and sensuously curved body is made entirely from carbon fibre and from the front you’ll recognise Aston Martin’s trademark upper grille outline. But it’s only when at ground level that you realise there’s daylight where other supercars have bodywork. The Valkyrie’s two-seat cockpit is essentially a slim pod, accessed by gullwing doors set in an F1-type chassis, surrounded by huge venturi tunnels that channel air under and around the car. Within the cockpit, driver and passenger footwells are inclined inwards by five degrees to keep the front bulkhead as narrow as possible. Even the bodywork inboard of the front tyres has large apertures to release air pressure, apertures which also afford a glimpse of the precision engineered front wishbones. A duct on the roof draws air into the mid-mounted V12, with channels either side to draw the overspill smoothly through to the rear deck. In sum, the entire body is an aerodynamic wing, designed to cut through the air efficiently and create up to 1,000 kg of downforce. And though its form is largely driven by function, it’s also absolutely stunning.

Performance

Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies aimed for – and achieved – a 1:1 power to weight ratio, with an all-up weight of just over the tonne and a hybrid powertrain that delivers a combined output of 1,160bhp and 900Nm. At the heart of that powertrain – and acting as a stressed member of the chassis – is an all-new 6.5 litre V12 specially commissioned for the Valkyrie, with a rev limit of 11,000 rpm. Maximum power of the V12 is 1,000 bhp at 10,500rpm, and the remaining horsepower is provided by an electric motor and battery co-developed with Integral Powertrain Ltd and EV performance experts Rimac. With performance levels like these the conventional benchmarks of 0-62mph are a near-irrelevance. Instead, the team expects the Valkyrie to be able to lap a circuit like Silverstone as fast or faster than an F1 or LMP1 car.

Technology

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.

Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie

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.

Aston Martin Valkyrie
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