Aston Martin Unveils Updated Valkyrie With Improved Aerodynamics

Aston Martin has unveiled a near-production version of the Valkyrie.

Described as further developed version of the car that was presented last summer, the updated model has new openings in the body between the cockpit and the front wheel arches. Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey discovered this change provided “considerable gains in front downforce” so it has been incorporated into the car’s design.

The updated Valkyrie has also been equipped with lightweight headlights that draw inspiration from Formula One. As the company explains, the low and high beam elements are attached to an anodized aluminum frame which enables them to be between 30-40 percent lighter than the “lightest series production headlamps available to Aston Martin.”

The lightweight design philosophy even carries over to the Valkyrie’s badge as designers felt the company’s traditional wing logo would be too heavy and a sticker won’t proper for an Aston Martin of this caliber. As a result, the model has a chemical etched aluminum badge that is just 70 microns thick.

According to Aston Martin designer Miles Nurnberger, “I would say we’re around 95 percent of the way there with the exterior design. Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car, so this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore way of finding more downforce.”

Besides featuring new bodywork, the updated Valkyrie has a minimalist interior that has been designed to have enough space for two 98 percentile adults. As part of this goal, the car’s seats are mounted directly to the tub and occupants adopt a reclined ‘feet-up’ position reminiscent of today’s Formula One and Le Mans race cars.

The race car inspired design carries over to the steering wheel as it is detachable and holds all of the car’s switchgear. The steering wheel also houses an OLED display which provides the driver with all the necessary information.

Drivers will also find two screens mounted close to the base of the A-pillar. They display live footage from two rear facing cameras that are located in the car’s flanks.

Aston Martin declined to release technical specifications but the latest rumors suggest the car will have a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine and an electric motor that produce a combined output of approximately 1130 hp (842 kW). The Valkyrie is also expected to be lighter than projected with a curb weight of around 2,270 lbs (1,030 kg).

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  • Kaisuke971

    This car… We might be witnessing something legendary.

    • Dariush

      im curious on the weight.. 1000kg? more?

      • Kaisuke971

        They said about a ton initially, with a 1:1 power to weight ratio. Then they also said that the V12 can actually make 1100hp, so not sure if it’ll have better than a 1:1 ratio or the car will turn out slightly heavier.

    • Six_Tymes

      i think your right.

    • Bo Hanan

      I really like seeing A.M. go after Ferrari. It’s about time.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Yes, I think so…sadly they will never be driven. This is an out and out race car that only the few pro drivers who get to drive them will wring out what it can offer. Most will end up in warehouses and car collections collecting dust, with the lion’s share to Dubai.

  • Smith

    This is an April Fools joke, Right? Amusing how they tricked everyone into believing they were going to build a multi-million pound £ swamp buggy. Ha ha Aston, very funny!

  • Kevin Tay

    Am I seeing a first hyper-amphibian-car? Wouldn’t that front end create too much lift?

    • Matt

      Do you think Red Bull’s F1 engineers and designers don’t know how aerodynamics work?

      • Smith

        So what, this looks like sh1t. Red bull engineers or not, this is an ugly street car.

        • Matt

          Well looks are indeed subjective. This wasn’t designed to win beauty contests, but many will find beauty in the engineering and the science behind the design – nothing is shaped without purpose.

          I think it’s one of the more incredible looking production cars I’ve seen – almost ever. Makes the McLaren P1 look tame.

      • Kevin Tay

        I don’t, but it’s my first time seeing a car designed like a speedboat, with wheels.

    • anonymous

      Inverted airfoil creates downward lift. That’s how front wing of a racer work.

  • Zandit75

    This looks so flimsy. I’m sure it won’t, but all I imagine is this thing slowly travelling down a typical European cobblestone lane and everything flopping around like a bad kit car!!!
    That interior looks very uncomfortable too.

    • Phil

      Yes, because people regularly drive hypercars down cobblestone lanes. Looks like it would also do pretty poorly with offroading. What were Aston Martin thinking!

      • Zandit75

        You have no imagination, and your sarcasm needs work!!
        Not every city/town in Europe has perfectly smooth roads. This will be doing laps like all the rich Saudi “princes” do through London, Paris, Milan and Monaco, and quite a few of the videos I have seen of these dipsh*ts revving the crap out of their cars are over cobbled, or paved roads, not asphalt.

  • Six_Tymes

    wow, it must go like a rocket

  • Dinyar Master

    They should make the A pillars a little bit wider and use 27 inch monitors for the rear view cameras, then perfect!

  • Leo76

    Ugly creation

  • giancarlo always me

    Claustrophobic !!!!!

  • Toss

    Just look at the windscreen! Seems the driver drives an submarin. And that A pilars, are too thick. It will be so hard to drive on public roads with all that screens.

  • Bob

    The story behind this car is quite interesting. Adrian Newey, whom always wanted to make a road car since he was a child, started designing one by himself.. He decided on Aston Martin as a manufacturing partner who were also working on a hyper car.

    Adrian feels like the current hyper trio are a bit big, clumsy and heavy and he wanted something small and light instead. This car is much smaller than it may look in pictures and even had Aston’s engineers a bit skeptical about issues such as whether two people would even fit in it (Adrian Newey tilted the seats inward by 5º to achieve this).

    The other point of contention was the engine, it was either a turbo V6 or an NA V12. Aston was happy with a V6 but Newey had settled on a V12 because of some of the drawbacks of a V6. With all the extra piping required for the V6, an NA V12 would be about as heavy anyway.

    So they settled on Adrian’s hypercar and the Aston hypercar, which would have probably looked better than the Valkyrie, was shelfed.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    the new mclaren F1

  • TheHake

    It certainly isn’t the prettiest car in the world, but MAN it looks mean and aggressive! LOVE it!

    • Infinite1

      Agreed

  • roy

    What’s with those thick A pillars?

  • supermanuel

    It ain’t pretty, that’s for sure, but I agree with Kaisuke971 below, this looks like a legend in the making.

  • gary4205

    Hideous

    • lagunas3ca

      Especially when your eyes are drawn to those wheels

  • exeptor

    Not beautiful but distinct and futuristic. I like it a lot.

  • Ermal Morina

    This versus the AMG Project One.

    God daaamn,good times ahead of us boys

  • Vassilis

    I’m genuinely speechless. This looks incredible.

  • “lightweight headlights that draw inspiration from Formula One”. Agree, a current F1 cars headlights are just like that.

    I’ve no doubt this will handle amazingly well etc, but THAT windscreen wiper!! Please, there must be something they can do other than that. It spoils the cars lines completely.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    How could it be street legal this car with such a body?

  • cat

    Will be faster than a bugatti chiron?

    • anonymous

      It won’t be faster in straight line.

      It would be MILES ahead on race tracks.

  • Infinite1

    It’s not easy on the eyes and the interior looks really cramped but the car is a beast

  • StrangerGP

    This is basically like a closed cockpit formula car with maximum possible performance. It ain’t going to be pretty or comfortable, but knowing that Newey and Aston Martin are behind the project should easily allow to sell all 150 cars.

  • An Existing Person

    Those rims are hideous, but i’m sure they’re very lightweight and functional.

  • Enter Ranting

    FOUR iPads in the interior?

  • SteersUright

    This car is awesome, extreme, highly desirable and ugly. Sorry, they ruined the front of this thing. The headlight and front splitter/bumper (or lack thereof) does the design no favors.

  • Where are the driveshafts for the back wheels?

  • alecs

    At about radiators…Don´t have one