The Valkyrie is Aston Martin’s first attempt at creating their very own hypercar, and it might be something that is out of this world, Aston Martin is well renowned for designing and producing some of the world’s most beautiful, stunning and exquisite cars in the world. Their god-like V12 engines can easily be recognised by even the simplest of man, and their famous logo that spans decades is the pinnacle of British automotive history and legacy. That being said, the Valkyrie is not purely built by Aston Martin, it is a collaborative project teamed up with Red Bull Racing a team that has distinguished history within Formula 1 and within motorsport divisions across the world; therefore, we can already imagine what sort of machine the Valkyrie is going to be.
Those of you who know your Norse mythology will know precisely where I’m going with this, those who don’t allow me to backtrack slightly. The original codename for the car was Nebula, which was set to be an acronym for Newey, Red Bull and Aston Martin. The final codename chosen was AM-RB 001, the codename was selected since the majority of the collaboration had occurred with both Aston Martin and with Red Bull. Therefore, AM standing for Aston Martin and RB for Red Bull. 001 is self-explanatory, it is their first production car the two great giants collaborated on to make. Following after that, in March 2017, Aston Martin had revealed the name of the vehicle would be Valkyrie. It is named after the Norse mythological figure that decides the fate of those on the battlefield. Quite a fitting name if you ask me.
The exterior of the Valkyrie looks similar to that of what the Batmobile would look. The car is exceptionally aerodynamic, slippery and cuts through the air like butter. The engineering and technical know-how of the Valkyrie is mind-blowing; the vehicle has an open underfloor that works on a similar principle of the venturi effect (link provided). The gaps on top of the car such as those found above the front axle and the roof intake, along with a large front splitter designed for one purpose to generate immense downforce, as such the Valkyrie is capable of producing 1,814 kilos of downforce. The car itself weighs less than 1,100 kilos.
The interior is just as jaw-dropping as the exterior, simplicity and race car feel is what Aston Martin and Red Bull decided to go. There is no gauge cluster instead a selection of screens is found scattered across the dashboard, the screens found on the left and right side are the side mirrors that feed via tiny cameras. The centre screen in the middle of the dashboard acts as the live information feedback and infotainment system for the car. The race-inspired steering wheel has its screen with access to driver gauge clusters, along with dials and switches providing for distraction fewer changes of car parameters without taking eyes off the road. The seats in the Valkyrie are what impresses me the most. As a result of the car having such a small interior, the Carbon-fibre seats are specifically designed for each owner’s body shape using 3D scanning, so for anyone who wants to own one make sure you keep your figure otherwise you’re going to need grease to slide in.
Now for the juicy bits, the performance and stats figures of the Valkyrie. Equipped with a Cosworth tuned 6.5 litres naturally aspirated V12 which produces around 1,000bhp and reaches maximum revs at 11,100 rpm. This makes it the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever to be put into a production car, tied alongside with a Formula 1 styled Kinetic energy Recovery System (KERS) which incorporates a hybrid battery system that was developed by the world pioneering Rimac. The KERS system itself produces 160bhp and brings a combined power output of 1,160bhp. This power is transferred through a 7-speed single-clutch paddle-shift automated manual transmission, quite the mouthful I know, which was developed by Ricardo.
The 0-62 mph time for the Aston Martin Valkyrie is 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph, where the exhausts are found on top of the car much like those found on Formula 1 cars and the Porsche 918 Spyder. The price for the Valkyrie is £2.5 million and only 150 units were built, with their crucial rival being the Mercedes AMG Project One.
To bring it all in, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is truly one breath-taking and stunning masterpiece. As Aston Martin themselves say, the Valkyrie is “Power of the Gods”, immense power, immense speed and immense downforce. This hypercar wasn’t designed to be a model to be viewed at the Goodwood festival of speed; it was intended to go around it at record-breaking time. The last time I ever saw a vehicle such as this challenging everything to do with automotive engineering and pushing the boundaries of what is technological and physically possible was the original Bugatti Veyron back in 2005.