Aston Martin Valkyrie – one of those cars you won’t soon forget. It does cost more than 2.8 million euros, and it will be produced in very limited numbers, but it is so different from anything we’re used to seeing on the streets. From the very moment you see it you cannot stop wondering, how the heck is it legal to drive that thing on the street? But it will be when it enters production next year – the Valkyrie is 95 % completed.
Just by looking at it you can tell it is shaped by aerodynamics and it looks a lot like Le Mans prototype car. One of those LMP1 cars that actually win the entire race. But those do not go on the public road. And this one will – the Aston Martin Valkyrie will wear number plates. However, you’re unlikely to ever see one as only 150 of them are going to be produced.
The interior of the Valkyrie features something Aston Martin calls “minimalist ergonomics”. It means you wouldn’t really want to drive it on the street. Not only it will lack any kind of comfort equipment that we’re so used to these days, but it will also feature an untraditional driving position – you will sit reclined with your feet high up, almost like a Formula 1 or Le Mans prototype race car driver. Seats are bolted directly to the floor and thus are not adjustable – you will just have to pull the steering wheel and pedals to wherever you want.
Adrian Newey, probably the most important name behind this project, is still tinkering the design. He wants to make sure it is as aerodynamic as possible and delivers an astonishing amounts of downforce. And Newey does know a thing or two about aerodynamics and he is considered as one of the best engineers in Formula 1 in this regard and currently works as chief technical officer of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. At the top speed, the downforce will reach 1816 kg, which is astonishing, having in mind the car will weight not much more than a ton.
This is because of extensive computer simulations and small details that Newey is still changing in the car to make it that little bit more efficient. That is also why the driver and passenger will sit intimately close to each other – the cockpit has to be very narrow and be somewhat of a teardrop shape. The Aston Martin Valkyrie will not lack power either, with a 6.5 litter V12 producing 1,130 hp(843 kW) and KERS system doing its thing too. It sounds a bit like a handful, but then again – it need that power if it is going to fulfil Andy Palmer’s, CEO of Aston Martin, promise that Valkyrie is going to lap Silverstone as fast as an F1 car.
The partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing is key – car is inspired by F1 cars, but it is not the only one. Mercedes-AMG Project One, debuting in Frankfurt Motor Show this September, will be very closely related to Formula 1. In fact, it will have a powertrain of the actual racing car – 1,6 l V6 hybrid. We can imagine it will scream revving to its maximum. But on the outside it will look much like a Le Mans Prototype, meaning that it will be competing against Aston Martin Valkyrie, which makes the game that much more interesting. There are rumours that Audi and BMW are preparing something similar too.
Valkyrie is pushing the boundaries of what a hypercar can be. It really is something we will look back to 20, 30 years from now. Aston Martin is hoping to start the production of the Valkyrie late next year, but the current car is 95 % completed. It will be interesting to see if it will lap Silverstone as quickly as an F1 race car can – we can’t wait to see it in action.