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PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

Continue reading to learn more about the cars we’re thankful for.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Introduced late last month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s epic Venom GT, and like its predecessor, the F5 aims for no less than the title of fastest production car in the world. And while the specifics of that goal are a bit, uh, murky (will Hennessey make enough examples to qualify the F5 as a production car?), the specs on this thing are reason enough to make us grateful it exists. Power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 (a Hennessey specialty), which throws down 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The Texas tuner is shooting for 300 mph at the top end, and although we have yet to see this thing running in the real world, we think it’s worthy of praise all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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Tesla has a habit of stirring the auto industry pot with its claims, and its latest debut is like a high-speed blender in that respect. Unwrapped in a surprise reveal alongside the automaker’s new electric semi truck, the Roadster 2.0 is a follow-up to Tesla’s very first model, and it’s upgraded in just about every way imaginable. Not only does it look fantastic, but under the sultry body panels is a 200-kWh battery and three electric motors, good enough for 620 miles of range between plug-ins. Impressive, no doubt, but the California automaker is also saying this thing will be the first production car to go from 0-to-60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 250 mph, which would also make it the fastest production EV ever made. Granted, we’re still several years from seeing these claims verified, but we’re happy Tesla is back to shaking things up.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster 2.0

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Good things happen when motorsport tech finds its way onto the street. Case in point – the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Offered as a collaborative project between Aston and Red Bull racing, the Valkyrie was created with technical input from Adrian Newey, one of the most successful engineers from the world of Formula 1, and the results are staggering. Advanced aerodynamics and composite materials form the base, while a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid makes over 1,000 horsepower, blessing the machine with a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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Speaking of Formula 1, Mercedes-AMG has its own take on bringing top-echelon performance to the street. It’s called the Project One, and it’s got lots of the same stuff as Lewis Hamilton’s ride. That includes a mid-mounted turbo and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that zings all the way to 11,000 rpm, making over 1,000 horsepower along the way. It’s also got adaptive aero and adaptive suspension, while AMG carbon brakes haul it down.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Vantage


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Might as well toss in something a bit less outrageous in this list. While it might not have four-figure output numbers or record-setting speed, we’re still very thankful for the new second-generation Vantage. I mean, just look at it! It’s got the goods inside to match too, while under that lovely hood line lies a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque to feed the rear wheels. This is the kind of car that’ll make you feel like a secret agent, and for that, we’re grateful.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Top Speed Record


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While bold claims from the manufacturer about what a car can do can be fun, the real good stuff happens on pavement. Koenigsegg knows this, and amidst claims of “300 mph” this and “0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds” that, the Agera RS proved its mettle by going 277.9 mph. On a public road, no less. Earlier this month, the Swedes got special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to test the top speed of the Agera RS, and in the end, Koenigsegg walked away with a new world title.

Read the full story here.

McLaren F1


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When you break it down, most of the cars on this list owe much of their greatness to this – the McLaren F1. Released in the early ‘90s, the F1 blitzed the competition with a series of firsts. Not only was it the first production car to come equipped with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and exotic materials like magnesium and titanium, but it also managed to go an astonishing 240 mph in the top end. It held the record of fastest production car on Earth for nearly a decade.

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.

That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Exterior

  • Takes road-going variant to even greater extremes
  • Bigger wings front and back
  • Extra vents and blades
  • More downforce
  • Smaller, 18-inch wheels

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“Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics.”

While Aston has yet to reveal the Valkyrie AMR Pro in the sheet metal, the British brand did give us a glimpse by way of an exterior rendering. Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics. You still get the ultra-wide, ultra-low stance of a hardcore performance machine, plus big aero, a teardrop-shaped greenhouse, and plumped-up fenders stuffed by large-diameter wheels with flat exterior covers. A scoop on the roof once again leads to a rear fin that matches up to the rear wing.


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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here for comparison.

However, while the same general shape is still there, the AMR Pro manages to turn the whole thing up to 11. Aston says it tweaked the aero to create more downforce, starting with larger wings in the front and in the rear. We also notice new wing blades behind the front wheels, which presumably help to vent the hot air around the brakes without impacting the front-end downforce dynamics. Just ahead of the windshield is an additional vent for the nose. There’s also no headlights seen anywhere on the front fenders, and you can bet there’s no turn signals in the tail either.

Finally, Aston says the active aero systems were tweaked and tuned for more hardcore track duty, while the wheels were downsized to 18 inches in diameter to mount the uber-sticky Michelin rubber (more on that in a bit).

Interior

  • Simple and barebones approach
  • Basically a carbon fiber cocoon
  • Fixed racing buckets replace street car’s adjustable seats

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“The seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car”

Unfortunately, Aston has yet to give us even a rendering of what to expect inside the AMR Pro’s cabin, but based on what we’ve seen from the road-going variant, there are a few assumptions to be made.

First off, let’s look at the “standard” Valkyrie. Climb into this thing, and you’ll find yourself wrapped in a cocoon of carbon. It’s a tight fit, but then again, it needs to be considering this machine’s ludicrous performance potential. A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel.” A complementary info screen is mounted on the dash, while two side screens project rear video feeds in place of the traditional side-view mirrors (aero is king, after all).

“A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel".”

In addition to all the carbon, the road-going Valkyrie gets Alcantara and metal trim pieces painted in gold. A six-point harness is offered for track duty, and should comes as standard equipment in the AMR Pro.

Finally, the seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car, and Aston says it’ll equip molded racing bucket seats in place of the road car’s adjustable units.

Drivetrain

  • More power and torque from hybrid 6.5-liter V-12
  • Top speed approaching 250 mph
  • No major changes to the powertrain set-up
  • Cosworth-derived engine

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1.”

Mounted in the middle of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 powerplant from the legendary British motorsport engineering company Cosworth. Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1. However, the racing car will trump its streetable sibling with even more power and torque. We have yet to receive exact figures, but we’re guessing the road-legal Valkyrie will lay down around 1,130 horsepower, so it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.

“We have yet to receive exact figures, but it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.”

That’s pretty nuts if you ask us, but it gets better. With the extra output, we think the AMR Pro will hit 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, while Aston says it’ll top out
“close” to 250 mph. It’ll also weigh less than the road car, so a power-to-weight ratio greater than one-to-one might be within reach.

Accomplishing this incredible feat is a new engine tune and high-flow emission control system. Finally, the Rimac Energy Recovery System is identical, but gets an update with reprogrammed control systems.

Chassis And Handling

  • Lighter carbon fiber bodywork
  • Polycarbonate sheets instead of glass
  • Carbon fiber wishbone suspension
  • Formula 1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes
  • LMP1-spec Michelin tires
  • 3.3 G’s of cornering force
  • 3.5 G’s of braking force
  • Lap times similar to a modern F1 car

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“Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light”

As you might expect, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro manages to sacrifice a few extraneous pounds in the name of more speed. First on the chopping block are those superfluous features designed for basic street comfort, like the heater and infotainment system. Next, the glass windshield was tossed in favor of a polycarbonate sheet, which gains a lightweight heater element in place of the standard de-mister. Polycarbonate was also used for the side windows.

Additionally, Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light. There’s also a lightweight exhaust system (not to mention louder as well), while the suspension was updated with new uprights and carbon fiber wishbones.

“Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.”

Hauling it down are brakes inspired by Formula 1, with race-spec carbon-carbon construction. Michelin tires are used for stick, and run the same specification as the LMP1 cars that compete in the World Endurance Championship.

Amazingly, Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. And that is a mighty claim indeed! What’s more, Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.

Holy crap.

Prices


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Aston says only 25 of these mad machines will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2020. All 25 are already spoken for. How much each customer paid is still under wraps, but if we were to guess, $3 million to $4 million is probably about right.

Those folks lucky enough to snag one will get to participate in “an intensive and comprehensive driver development program” that’s customized to their skill level and racing experience. The program includes access to the same resources as Aston Martin Red Bull’s pro drivers, such as time in the simulator, on-track training, and even a physical fitness regimen.

And since the AMR Pro doesn’t appear to be eligible for any specific racing series, customers will be offered a chance to, uh, actually drive their car in a series of track events all over the world.

Competition

Ferrari FXX K


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Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only variant of a simply insane road-going hybrid hypercar, and like the AMR Pro, the FXX K has what it takes to melt your face into a puddle. The exterior is pure spaceship, with lots of active wings and seemingly endless downforce, while an engineering degree is required to operate the cockpit controls. And that’s important, because actually driving this thing is not an activity for the careless. Mounted behind the carbon seats is a 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor combo that produces as much as 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ferrari FXX K.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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If it’s a true Formula 1 experience that you’re after, minus the politics of course, then Mercedes-AMG has a solution. The Project One was designed with the specific goal of bringing F1-style performance to the street, coming equipped with a turbocharged and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that’ll spin to 11,000 rpm. Output is rated at more than 1,000 horsepower. The engine is even constructed in the same factory as Merc’s F1 powerplants. The rest of the spec was built to complement that insane ‘six, with big wing, AWD grip, multi-stage ESP, carbon ceramic brakes, and multi-link pushrod suspension.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Conclusion


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“At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists.”

All told, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks to be one helluva toy. The performance promises it makes are borderline unbelievable, so much so we’re tempted to start calling BS. However, this is Aston Martin and Adrian Newey we’re talking about, and if this thing can run with a modern F1 car, then dammit, they’ll know it.

At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists. It shows just how far you can take go-fast technology, pushing an extreme into uncharted territory. Adrian Newey’s take is spot on –

“While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints,” Newey says. “However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimized to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

We can’t wait to see what it can do in real life.

  • Leave it
    • An outrageously expensive toy
    • Ineligible for any race series
    • Already sold out

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.



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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin’s Going All-In On The Development Of Its Ferrari 488 Competitor

If the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie wasn’t proof enough that Aston Martin wants to be a player in the performance car industry, maybe this little news surrounding its plans for a super sports car to compete against the Ferrari 488 will do the trick. For those who are unaware, Aston Martin is building a supercar in the vein of the 488 and the Lamborghini Huracan and, from what Aston Martin’s CEO told Autoblog, it plans to make a statement with the car and put the establishment on notice.

This early on, it looks like Aston Martin has already recognized one of the most important aspects of the car’s development: having the right people in charge of it. That much was made clear by Palmer when he said that they’ve brought in “three of Ferrari’s key guys” to take the helm in the development of the planned supercar. Of the three, two have already been mentioned, including Max Szwaj, former head of innovation and body structures at Ferrari and Maserati and Joerg Ross, former head of advanced engines at Ferrari and Maserati. Szwaj has since been named vice president and chief technical officer of Aston Martin while Ross is now the chief engineer of powertrain at the company. A third hire has already been finalized but his identity has yet to be revealed. It’s no accident that all three individuals all come from the same place, which also happens to build one of the cars – the 488 GTB – that Aston Martin is targeting. That’s as good a sign as any that the British automaker is really pulling out all the stops to give the segment a real jolt.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Gaydon isn’t messing around anymore


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Aston Martin is serious about its mid-engine sports car, ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing to develop a car of this status using your own experience and expertise, but it’s another thing to understand that the product could be better if you looked outside of your own walls for help. That’s what Aston Martin recognized early on that moved it to actively hire key people away from Ferrari to work on a car that will rival arguably one of the most well-rounded Ferrari sports cars in modern history. That tells you that the British automaker is serious about its plans. It’s also a clear warning shot to companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. Aston Martin is coming. And it’s coming prepared and ready to take the fight to the best in the business.

The other key thing that Andy Palmer noted about the mid-engine sports car is that its development is progressing to the point that there are actually eight quarter-scale models of potential designs for the sports car. Palmer even admitted that there’s one design, in particular, that he’s leaning towards. That particular scaled design, he adds, has already been sent to a studio in Milton Keynes, where it’s presumably going to undergo advanced development.

Even with all these things coming to light, actual details about the sports car are still being kept under wraps, so it’s still unclear as to what we’re dealing with here. I don’t want to get swept up in the hype, but if everything that Palmer says comes to fruition, it would be difficult not at least get curious about what Aston Martin plans to do with this model. Remember, this mid-engined sports car is an all-new model for Aston – much like the DBX SUV. Anything is possible as far as I’m concerned.

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Ferrari 488 GTB


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB.


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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari P3 Hypercar Rendered as Valkyrie Rival

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We are currently living the age of hybrid hypercars and it’s been fairly exciting, what with the rivalry between the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. But already it seems the tide is shifting towards crazier, more technologically sophisticated machines such as Mercedes AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. So an independent designer decided to speculate what Ferrari’s answer to all this would be like.

And here’s what he came up with, Ferrari P3 which is a futuristic hypercar designed with inspirations from the aforementioned products. Now, this might seem like a pretty outlandish idea, and it is frankly, but something like this has a much greater chance of actually happening that may realize. See, if indeed this is where the hypercar game is headed, and all the evidence suggest that might be the case, Ferrari cannot just sit back and watch other brands runaway with the market. They are going to have to react, and that reaction could look a helluva lot like what you are seeing here.

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What we can’t imagine is what sort of powertrain a Ferrari hypercar of this caliber would use. Of course we know that that electrically-boosted V12 in the LaFerrari has still more potential than its current 1,000 horsepower output, but it is just not in the same league as the F1-derived powertrain in the AMG One. What’s more, we don’t yet know what Porsche might have in store should they decide to join this high-roller club. Traditionally, what Porsche brings to the table makes all the other offerings look like they belong to the previous century.

So yes, it’s only getting more exciting, this hypercar game!

Renderings by Alex Imnadze Baldini

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PostHeaderIcon The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is, In Some Ways, A Formula One Car Itself

Winter may have arrived in the land of Westeros, but here in the real world, the wait for the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues. The jointly-developed hypercar is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year, and for its part, Aston Martin has done next to nothing in dousing the hype surrounding its crown jewel creation. In fact, all Aston seems to be doing is generating even more hype for the hypercar with the latest revelation coming by way of the automaker’s vice president and chief special operations officer, David King. Speaking with Motor1, King indicated that the track-spec version of the Valkyrie will be able to post lap times approaching those achieved by Formula One race cars.

Now, this isn’t the first time that a statement like this has hit the wire, but it is important in this case because of the pedigree of the people working on the actual car, particularly Red Bull Racing, one of the most successful Formula One teams of the past decade. Everything we’ve come to know about the Valkyrie leads up to its performance prowess, and with Red Bull involved in the thick of its development, there’s no reason to believe that Aston Martin is just trying to draw up some hype for its hypercar. It would be very interesting to see how the Valkyrie can do around a track like the Nurburgring where the fastest Formula One cars are believed to be capable of posting lap times of six minutes or less, almost a minute faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante that owns the lap record for production cars around the massive circuit.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie

One of Britain’s most iconic automakers, Aston Martin is mostly known for its exquisite grand tourer and fast race cars. While not the kind of automaker you’d go to in order to buy a supercar, Aston Martin made a small first step into this segment in 2009 with the bespoke One-77. In 2016, the Brits launched their second supercar, the Vulcan, but only as a track car. It was followed by a beefed-up AMR Pro version in 2017, but Aston Martin isn’t going to stop here. Following a partnership with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin created the AM-RB 001, an innovative concept car that will go into production under the Valkyrie name.

Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie was designed with the most aggressive aerodynamics in mind and many of the techniques used in professional racing. Newey is also looking to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, something only Koenigsegg obtained with the limited-edition One:1 supercars. Set to use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine to move about, the Valkyrie will be produced in both road-legal and race-only versions. Production of both will be very limited, so it’s safe to assume that it will be highly expensive.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie Is Getting Ready For Its Close-up

Years of handwork between Aston Martin and Red Bull has finally led to this. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is getting closer and closer to completion and we now have what Aston Martin designer Miles Nurnberger describes as 95 percent of the car’s exterior design. Yes, the near-production version of the hypercar is here, and we’re just about to fall in love with.

The British automaker describes the latest iteration of the Valkyrie as a “further developed version” of the car that we last saw earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. At first glance, the differences between this updated version are evident compared to the previous version. The front end, in particular, looks considerably lighter, a by-product of Adrian Newey’s decision to incorporate new openings in the body between the cockpit and the front wheel arches. Turns out, this new design helps create more front downforce for the hypercar, enabling it to function at its maximum peak. No surprises then that Aston Martin decided to incorporate these changes into the car’s design. There are plenty more changes to the design of the Valkyrie, almost all of which were made to ensure that the car is as light as can be when it’s finally ready to make its world debut. Seems fitting then that we’re getting a good look at what could very well be the final design of the car because the version we saw at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show ago looks like a brute compared to this one.

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PostHeaderIcon Up Close with Aston Martin Valkyrie

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So Aston and Red Bull are finally ready to let us know a little bit further about their awesome new creation, the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. This time they want to discuss the design only, boasting about how they solved the issues they faced combining the Valkyrie’s insane looks with aerodynamic concerns and production considerations. 

Whether you like this car or not, there is no denying Aston Martin Valkyrie is an impressive achievement in terms of design. The car looks out of this world from every angle, especially from behind where it appears to be a Martian taxi powered by dark matter and capable of teleportation. The amazing thing is, despite looking utterly loopy, the Valkyrie is not ostentatious and pretentious like some other hypercars we’re not going to name. It is elegant and simple and minimalist, particularly inside the cabin where the main trim is carbon fiber and the controls are located on the steering wheel.

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We could go on and on waxing lyrical about Aston Martin Valkyrie and how awesome it is, but let’s introduce some technicality to the discussion by handing over to Aston themselves and let them count the cool highlights of this astonishing machine:

  • The teardrop-shaped cockpit’s upper body surfaces and lower tub contours follow the envelope of space available between the huge full length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor. Drawing huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, these tunnels are the key to generating the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s extraordinary levels of downforce while keeping the upper body surfaces free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the styling.
  • To maximise interior space the seats are mounted directly to the tub, with occupants adopting a reclined ‘feet-up’ position reminiscent of today’s Formula One and Le Mans Prototype race cars, ensuring driver and passenger are extremely safe, perfectly supported and feel completely at one with the car. A four-point harness comes as standard, while an optional six-point harness will be offered for those who intend to do more track driving.
  • The Aston Martin Design team were keen to keep distractions to a minimum and focus the driver on the road ahead. To this end all switchgear is located on the steering wheel, with all the vital signs shown on a single OLED display screen. The steering wheel is also detachable, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an additional security device. 
  • Great attention has been taken with the glasshouse design to ensure forward and peripheral side-to-side vision is virtually uninterrupted. To avoid any unwanted aerodynamic disturbance or stylistic ‘clutter’ traditional door mirrors have been replaced by discreetly mounted rear facing cameras in each of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s flanks. These feed two displays which are positioned at the base of each A-post to mimic the view provided by conventional door mirrors. The all-enveloping bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intake means there is no rear window, negating the requirement for a rearview mirror.
  • While the essence of the original Aston Martin Valkyrie exterior design remains unchanged, Adrian Newey’s pursuit of downforce and aerodynamic efficiency has driven many detail changes to the bodywork. These requirements have been faithfully incorporated into the design by the Aston Martin Design Team in a genuine case of form following function.
  • One of the biggest changes in this latest model are openings in the body surface between the cockpit and front wheel arches, Adrian Newey having found that they were the key to achieving considerable gains in front downforce. It was then the job of the Aston Martin Design Team to integrate these new apertures into the overall design and ensure they had aesthetic merit as well as aerodynamic function.
  • While aerodynamics and downforce are the dominant story, Aston Martin Valkyrie features some delightful details. Some of the most striking are the headlights, which take inspiration from the pure functionality of a Formula One car’s components. Aston Martin’s designers stripped things back to the bare essentials, celebrating the engineering rather than concealing it behind cladding. With the low and high beam elements attached to an intricate exposed anodised aluminium frame not only are the headlamp units a work of art, but they are 30-40 per cent lighter than the lightest series production headlamps available to Aston Martin.
  • With the regular badge considered too heavy, and a simple sticker not befitting for a car of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s quality and cutting-edge nature, the Aston Martin Design Team came up with a chemical etched aluminium badge just 70 microns thick. That’s 30 per cent thinner than a human hair, and a remarkable 99.4 per cent lighter than the regular enamel wings badge. The badge (nicknamed the ‘lacewing’) is then attached to the painted body and covered with a perfectly smooth coat of lacquer.
  • Further detail innovation can be found at the rear of the car, with the centre high mounted stop light (CHMSL). Mounted on the tip of the small shark’s fin that runs down the spine of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s airbox and rear bodywork, the light is just 5.5mm wide and 9.5mm high. Illuminated by a red LED it is the world’s smallest CHMSL and evidence of how every element of the Aston Martin Valkyrie is scrutinised in the pursuit of eliminating unnecessary weight and drag.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Throws Down The Hammer On Flipping Valkyrie Reservation Slots

If any of you happen to have a reserved slot for the Aston Martin Valkyrie, don’t even think about flipping that slot just so you can make easy money out of it. Well, you could still do it technically, but if Aston Martin catches you – a good chance it will – you’ll not only lose your reservation slot, but you’ll also get the door shut on you on any future Aston Martin special edition models. Permanently.

That edict comes from no less than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who responded to a tweet showing a Dubai-based dealership selling a “build slot” for the Valkyrie. In his own words, Palmer said: “I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car.” As if that’s not enough, if Aston catches anybody with their hands inside the proverbial cookie jar, they also lose out on any future special edition models the British automaker may build. The lesson then here is quite simple: don’t flip those build slots if you want to remain in the company’s good graces. If you do decide to go for it and you end up getting caught, I can’t imagine a worse punishment in this circumstance than losing out on buying the Valkyrie.

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PostHeaderIcon The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s Total Output May Have Just Been Revealed

If you’ve been waiting with baited breath to learn about how much power the Aston Martin Valkyrie will have, it appears that the wait is finally over. According to Road and Track, the Valkyrie hypercar will produce 1,130 horsepower, and almost all of it will come from the 6.5-liter V-12 engine that Aston Martin sourced from Cosworth.

Now to be clear, Road and Track doesn’t have the official word from Aston Martin, but rather from sources which it describes as “deeply familiar with the car.” Still, even without Gaydon’s official confirmation, the reported 1,130-horsepower output of the Valkyrie falls into the vicinity of what’s been expected of the hypercar from a power perspective. What’s a little surprising is that of that total, 1,000 horsepower of it will be provided by the Cosworth-sourced V-12 engine with the accompanying electric motor that features Formula One’s kinetic energy regeneration system (KERS) accounting for the remaining 130 horsepower. Just as important as the power figures for the hypercar is the notion that the Valkyrie will achieve Aston Martin’s goal for it to have a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, a term popularized in mainstream automotive circles by the Koenigsegg One:1. While the Valkyrie doesn’t approach the 1,500-horsepower output of the One:1, it does make up for it with a kerb weight of just 1,030 kg (roughly 2,270 pounds), meaning that the hypercar will weigh 500 kg less than the Porsche 918 Spyder while still having more than 200 horsepower on its side compared to the 918. In other words, holy smokes.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Prepares Competitor For The McLaren 720S

Aston Martin is full of ambition these days. The sheet hasn’t even been pulled off of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (that’s the AM-RB 001, developed by AM and Red Bull, for those of you that have been sleeping for the last week) and the brand is already planning yet another supercar that could launch as early as 2021 if AM plays its cards right. That’s the word from Autocar, anyway. This new supercar would be a heat-seeking missile aimed at models like the McLaren 720S, and Ferrari’s 488 GTB, among others.

Of course, we’ll see the Valkyrie make its long-awaited debut long before that happens, which – as a matter of fact – was a necessity in planning this next supercar thanks to the new technology developed by both AM and Red Bull. Apparently, the new supercar will be built in AM’s Gaydon plant alongside the new DB11, the Aston Martin Vantage, and the Vanquish, the latter of which is slated to encroach the front-engined supercar segment next year. Little is known about this next supercar, but it should be more “mainstream,” if there’s such a thing as a mainstream supercar. It will be mid-engined, and it will follow the same basic structure of the Valkyrie – a move that means there will be a huge focus on aerodynamics under the car.

If current reports are to be believed, development of this new car will be headed by Max Szwaj, Ferrari’s ex-chief technical officer and design will be handled by design chief Marek Reichman. Autocar also claims that Adrian Newey could very well have involvement in this new supercar as well, which is really big news.

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