Aston Martin Valkyrie Makes Public Debut
Over the last few years, the motoring world has seen a hypercar explosion. In what has become a very public contest between the worlds best marques to outdo each other, a new player has entered the ring: Aston Martin with their new creation the Valkyrie.
After much speculation and excitement, the Valkyrie made it’s first dynamic debut over the recent British Grand Prix weekend. The brainchild of renowned and highly acclaimed Formula One designer Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie is the result of a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
The vision for the Valkyrie was clear, take the aerodynamic lessons learned from Red Bulls highly fruitful Formula One programme and apply them to the road. Whilst this recipe for the old cliche ‘F1 for the road’ has been around and attempted for a while now, not many machines come close to that billing, not least because many aren’t road legal.
Where the Valkyrie has an ace up its sleeve is in the fact that this is 100% road legal and it has a legendary F1 designer spearheading the project.
The Valkyrie is deliberately extreme. With an approach to aerodynamics which hasn’t been seen before on a road car, every surface has a purpose. This car is very much efficiency first then design second, however, getting the most from the aerodynamics has resulted in a car that is effortlessly sleek and gorgeous to look at.
We know that aerodynamics are king here, but what about a powertrain to do this car justice? Well, Aston Martin has invested significant time and money into the Valkyries powerplant and working with high-performance engine specialists Cosworth, Aston Martin have been able to utilise a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine.
Muted to have 1,160bhp, the Valkyrie is fast and when you combine this amount of power to a curb weight of just 1,100 kg, you have a machine that goes beyond the realms of the established hypercar elite.
The Valkyrie is the pinnacle of the Aston range at current and as this car makes its dynamic debut, it does so in the midst of an exciting period for the famous British brand. A tie-up with Formula One team, Red Bull Racing has allowed it to explore further forays into motorsport and come the 2021 World Endurance Championship season, Aston Martin will field the Valkyrie in a race car variant in the endurance championship and at the globally renowned Le Mans 24 hours.
Whilst we may still have to wait a little while to see the Valkyrie fully going for it in public, what we do know is that, when it arrives, it’s going to be a moment to savour.
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