The new Aston Martin Valkyrie is a bold, beautiful and aggressive hypercar that was premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show 2017. As a continuation of the V cars produced by Aston Martin, including Virage, Vanquish and Vulcan, the British sports car manufacturer continued that tradition by naming their new hypercar “Valkyrie”. This new addition to V cars line is co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies and was formally identified with its codename AM-RB 001.
Keeping to their tradition of using names after the Nordic mythological, the Aston Martin Valkyrie lives up to its title through its extraordinary look and otherworldly performance. It is said that Aston Martin is only going to produce between 99 to 150 road cars of this model, with 25 track cars.
Let’s discuss some of its dominating features in terms of its design, performance and other characteristics that you would be delighted to know.
The Exterior of the Aston Martin Valkyrie
It checks off all the boxes for being a hypercar while also giving a dramatic appeal. Its body structure is designed to be extremely aerodynamic in order to enhance the performance as a sports car.
This hypercar is built upon a carbonfibre MonoCell that is provided by longstanding Aston Martin partner Multimatic. Total kerb weight is therefore expected to be less than one ton, and Aston Martin backs this up with claims for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. As an advanced aerodynamic feature, the front and rear diffusers provide downforce and channel air for better balance and speed.
Its LED headlights and tail lights are manufactured by Wipac, a British lighting manufacturer.
The Interior of the Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie is designed to be a two seat hypercar. The driver seat adopts the design of the F1 cars through reclined, feet up driving position. The interior is similar to a cockpit with the absence of door mirrors, the AM-RB 001 will instead use rear-facing cameras that project an image onto a screen on the dashboard.
The team behind Valkyrie opted for gullwing door instead of dihedral doors, in order to provide ease of entrance to the cabin.
Due to its shrink-wrapped structure that didn’t meet with a good response, the final production of the car is likely to increase to 1900mm wide and less than a metre tall. This will allow it be to a little bit wider for the driver’s convenience.
Engine and Performance of the 2017 Valkyrie
In terms of engine and performance, the new Aston Martin hypercar will use a Cosworth 6.5- litre V12 engine that is expected to produce 900bhp.
The car will use an F1-inspired Energy Recovery System (ERS) to harvest kinetic energy from braking, with electric car maker Rimac supplying lightweight hybrid batteries. There is also no reverse gear, so reversing could be done via power harvested by the ERS. It has a seven speed paddle shift gearbox built by Ricardo.
As mentioned before, there will be two types of Aston Martin Valkyrie; the road version and the track version. There are slight visual differences between these two versions, the track version will have wider front wings, bigger tyres and a bigger rear aerofoil.
Under the hood, the track version will have switchable driver modes including an extreme track mode, with suspension that can be lowered. Other than that, there are some similarities between the road and the track versions with some components still being contemplated of both versions.
Availability and Price of the Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie is said to be the first “F1 car for the road” with its radical engine and powerful performance.
The first units are expected to reach owners in 2019. Customers are being invited to buy this hypercar and those who are, they are expected to lay down £500k. Furthermore, those who previously bought one of the Aston Martin limited edition car, they will get a guaranteed place on the waiting list. No pricing have been released yet but it’s projected to be in between £2 – 3 million.