The Aston Martin Valkyrie should cost around three million pounds. 150 models will be produced. But there will be 25 more versions designed just for the track. Despite the first deliveries are scheduled for 2018 or 2019 maximum, some say that any hypercar have already been sold. For those who want an even more intense driving experience another prototype is under development, with a projection of benefits in line with current LMP1 who compete in the Le Mans Series.
Aston Martin Valkyrie should be only the first of a new hypercar series
The Aston Martin Valkyrie should be only the first of a new hypercar series. So, Mercedes has announced to be working on a similar beast called Project One explicitly made the car F1 world champion. And even Audi might be early in the game. However, now Aston Martin showed a further evolution of the Valkyrie, the hypercar announced in 2016 and built in collaboration with Red Bull Racing. So, the photos of today confirm its aerodynamically and stylistic evolution. This is not yet the final version. We’re at 95% of the final result according to official statements. But it’s the first time that we talk about the Interior’s detail.
The Valkyrie wants to revolutionize the approach to road hypercar extreme aerodynamic solutions. Adrian Newey chose forms completely unheard of that promise an efficiency never before achieved on the road. But it will also be a version even more extreme for exclusive use in the circuit. At the moment, we don’t know whether the car is road or racing images. What about the Powertrain? We know that there is a V12 aspirated 6.5 built by Cosworth and paired with a hybrid system of Rimac and transmission signed Ricardo, with a target of 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
The images clearly show the general thrust of the Valkyrie, with the passenger cell and engine area literally suspended between the wheels. The two-seater looks like a Formula 1 car with covered wheels and with Venturi tubes that run along the entire length. Thanks to the work on the bottom and the extractor have been avoided and the addition of upper appendages, leaving extremely clean the bodywork.
Low weight even for front Badge
Compared to the original design shown in 2016, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie’s version of the car adopts some changes. Newey has introduced new openings between the front wheel and the cockpit to increase downforce in that area. In the frantic search for maximum lightness, even an Aston Martin logo on the hood has been the subject of extensive studies.
Excluded the traditional badge and sticker, Aston Martin created a new component called “lacewing”. It created component often just 70 microns (30% less than a human hair) with a special formula of aluminum. 99.4% lighter than the original piece. To hold it in place shall be affixed to the nose and then covered with a layer of transparent. A similar extreme is also found in the queue, where the emergency was achieved with a 5 inch Led, 5×9.5 millimeters. A record for this kind of components.
Formula 1 Interiors
The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s Interior is minimalist. The seats are machined directly into carbon monocoque and equipped with belts in four or six points. While the driving position with feet raised resumes that single-seaters. Even the removable multifunction steering wheel with integrated display comes from f. 1, while the only other interface is that of Oled Central. Finally, if the rearview mirrors are replaced by two lateral display. The middle one is absent since the back area is devoid of crystal.
Matt Hill, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors
“It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s interior packaging work. So, we’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos. Then, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible. We’ve been fighting for millimeters everywhere. But the battle has been worth it. As it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size. They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sitting behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them. You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.”
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design
“I would say we’re around 95 percent of the way there with the exterior design. Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car. So, this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore the way of finding more downforce. The new outlets in the body are a case in point.
“Ordinarily, the last thing we’d want to do with one of our surfaces is cut a hole in it. But these events work the front wings so much harder that they’ve found a significant gain in front downforce. The fact that they are so effective gives them their own functional beauty. But we’ve finessed them without impacting on their functionality. That they also serve as windows through which to view the fabulous wing section front wishbones is a welcome bonus!”
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