During a recent interview with Car Sales at the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, Palmer said that the Valkyrie isn’t being developed with a Nurburgring lap in mind but the company knows it will be very fast at the German circuit.
“In most cases a Nurburgring lap is not important. However, in some markets, I’m thinking China strangely, a time around the Nurburgring is important to the prowess of a supercar,” he said. “In reality we’re not developing it for that. It’s not what it’s meant for but we’ll probably end up setting a time.”
Most cars manufacturers looking to set production car, or outright, lap record at the Nurburgring spend millions of dollars doing so in development and renting out the circuit all to themselves. According to Palmer, Aston Martin may adopt a different approach.
“We already know it will be fu**ing quick there. I’m thinking maybe we’ll do something cool – like turning up to an open session, something crazy like that.”
This isn’t the first time the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Nurburgring have been mentioned in the same sentence. Approximately 12 months ago, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said the track version of the Valkyrie “could be a contender” to beat the outright Nurburgring lap record of 5:19.545 set by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo.
Aston Martin is still developing the Valkyrie on its simulators, focusing on the Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps circuits.