Aston Martin Will Attempt A Nurburgring Lap Record With The Valkyrie

Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer has said that the British car manufacturer will probably set a lap time at the Nurburgring with its Valkyrie hypercar.

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.

Also Read: Aston Martin Valkyrie Could Beat Porsche’s Nurburgring Record

“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.

more photos...
  • Elmediterraneo

    Meanwhile Ferrari is still hiding at Fiorano

    • PK

      ferrari’s like the rolls royce of hypercars. they don’t need to prove anything. the name and the model just sells and speaks for itself. i wouldn’t say is a sad thing but that’s what they are i guess.

      • CBV2020

        Once you’re established in history as the benchmark, you no longer have to compete. And not competing regularly further solidifies your hierarchy. You periodically make iconic statements and that’s good enough.

        • PK

          same goes for mercedes benz but the difference is they love to compete.

  • Charles Chin

    i doubt it’ll even dip under 5’20”

  • Bob

    Can’t wait, let’s see what this thing can do.

Porsche Taycan Demonstrates Its Speed At NYC Formula E Course

The Taycan made its third and final stop in the company’s Triple Demo Run at the Big Apple.

Mario Andretti’s Lamborghini Countach Is A $500k Piece Of Automotive Royalty

Lamborghini only ever built 321 examples of the Countach 5000 S, and this one had a very special owner.

Toyota Kicks Off New Ad Campaign As 2020 GR Supra Arrives At Dealers Later This Month

After a 21 year absence, the Toyota Supra will return to dealerships soon.

Ranger Danger: Ford Reportedly Working On A Bronco Pickup To Battle Jeep Gladiator

The hardcore pickup is expected to be based on the next-generation Ranger and could go into production in 2024.

HSV SportsCat Series 2 Sequel Brings Enhanced Styling, Equipment

The Holden Colorado-based off-road truck receives cosmetic changes that make it look more aggressive.

VW Plans To Launch Autonomous Vehicles In The Middle Of The Next Decade

VW believes fully autonomous vehicles will primarily appeal to the fleet operators and the rich.

Audi Celebrates 25 Years Of RS Models, Confirms Two More For 2019

Audi will introduce two new RS models later this year and one is likely the RS Q8.

This Could Be The First Emoji For Electric Vehicles

Created by Electrify America, the emoji shows a generic sedan at a charging station.

Should Mazda’s New CX-30 Make Its Way On Your Shopping List?

Its sleek design, sporty drive without compromising comfort, and ample room for four might just to the trick.

Hennessey’s Ranger VelociRaptor Has Sports Car Performance, Better Off-Road Manners

Based on the 2.3-liter version, it gets 360 HP, a higher ground clearance and all-terrain tires
.