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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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