Breathtaking Aston Martin Valkyrie Will Blow You Away
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Published July 30, 2017
It may be 95 percent finished, yet it still looks like a concept Le Mans racer.
The will stay that way thanks to the astonishing and revolutionary body crafted to defy nearly all of the drag that air could possibly generate. Viewing from either the front or back reveals massive venturi tunnels stretching across the sides of the vehicle, a design that most proper race cars don’t even utilize. The last time we saw something this radical, it was in the design of . This, however, is far more hardcore than that.
Than anything ever, actually.
As it turns out, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is the closest thing to a street legal F1 car ever. Aston Martin and Red Bull used the basic concept of the Formula 1 cars to dramatically change everything about the cabin and exterior designs of the car. The monocoque tub coupled with a teardrop-shaped roof restricted available space in the cabin. That is why (and because of the low center of gravity) the seats are actually embedded into the tub construction.
More importantly, the occupants inside (yes, it seats two adults), have to sit with feet upright – a design similar to what one would find in an F1 car. Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors Matt Hill was all but required to comment on the groundbreaking design.
“It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work. We’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and approached from a different angle than conventional road car design,” said Hill. Commenting on how customers have reacted to seeing the Valkyrie in person, Hill said, “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.”
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As one might imagine, the interior mimics the intricacies of traditional race car design, right down to the removable steering wheel. Every button in the car is situated on said steering wheel with all screens in the car pointing to one thing – the driver. These screens provide a glimpse into the modern world – exceptionally modern at that, seeing as the Valkyrie doesn’t even have wing mirrors. Instead, it has smartly concealed cameras which project live images to the OLED displays inside.
In fact, there’s not even a rear window. Blame it on the teardrop design.
The interior also features four point harnesses for both seats, with six-point harnesses being optional for customers who prefer to enjoy their Valkyrie on the track.
The dedication Aston Martin and RedBull showed with the Valkyrie is best observed in their amazing attention to detail. See, the headlamps are not just simple units; they are both 40 percent lighter than those found on any other Aston Martin, and very reminiscent of typical F1 headlights. And then, there’s the Aston Martin badge.
Aston Martin explains it like this:
“The Aston Martin Design Team came up with a chemically etched aluminum 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.”
Under the hood, the car will house a Cosworth engine loosely based on the Formula 1 engine designs Cosworth used from 2010 on Williams cars. The 6.5-liter naturally aspirated unit will rev to 11,000 rpm and will likely develop more than 1,100hp. Considering the car weighs in around 2270-lbs, this will be one of the most amazing machines to ever grace the Earth.
Unfortunately, for most of us, it’ll only ever be a pipedream, as all 150 of the $3,000,000 Valkyries have already been claimed by billionaires and lucky sons of guns the world over.