Moving steadily toward the manufacturing of its warrior of a hypercar, the Valkyrie, Aston Martin has revealed a new look at the vehicle. Now lodged between prototype and production, the newest iteration of the model gives the curious and the faithful a good look at the car’s wildly stylized F1 design language.
The product of Aston and Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ longstanding racing-oriented collaborative relationship, the Valkyrie initially went by the stolidly clinical name AM-RB 001. The companies have been working together with a common, broad-spectrum goal since early last year.
Priced at $3.5 million, and limited to 150 examples, the Valkyrie promises to be one of the most exclusive cars ever built, and one of the most terrifyingly marvelous street-legal cars to ever hit the open road.
While the overall structure of the car is still in development, the chief exterior designer at Aston indicated that the team is closing in on a final version. New vents behind the front wheels are a change from the previous version of the car, and increase downforce, while providing a good view of those amazing wishbones in the front of the car.
Downforce is the buzzword for the design team. Air tunnels on the sides of the Valkyrie channel airflow through the car to the dramatic rear diffuser, providing a generous amount of stabilizing downforce to the car. A lightweight design with a hybrid drivetrain with a V12 engine, a great deal of downward pressure is going to be essential. The car is expected to weigh in at just over a ton.
The car boasts a tight fit, and cabin space is a premium in the design. To aid with entry and exit, the steering wheel is removable. Controls are mounted on the wheel, and the cabin is largely unadorned but for an infotainment screen. The cabin doesn’t allow for a rearward perspective, so the Valkyrie incorporates rear-facing cameras.
Production is expected to begin in the second half of next year.