Aston Martin has brought its Valkyrie hypercar to Silverstone, where it made its dynamic debut ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.
The 1,160 HP hypercar, which was driven by Aston Martin’s chief test driver Chris Goodwin, was finished in a rather tasty blue-red livery for its first public demonstration run, focusing more on offering a glimpse of what is to come rather than achieving the fastest lap time possible.
Born out of a collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing, the Valkyrie promises to be the “world’s most extreme road car”, starting from late 2019 when the first examples are expected to be delivered.
Power comes from a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that can rev up to 11,200rpm, producing 1,000 HP and 545lb-ft (740Nm) of torque. It’s combined with an electric motor and battery pack that’s developed by Rimac and Integral Powertrain, which produces an extra 160 HP and 207lb-ft (280Nm) of torque. The combined output is 1,160 HP (1,176 PS) at 10,500rpm and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque at 6,000rpm.
“To finally see Aston Martin Valkyrie running five years from when I first sat down and started sketching what this car could look like is quite an emotional day,” said Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. “With the change in vision angle as it comes past and the noise, it is now doing what it is supposed to be doing which is to move and be dynamic.”
“Aston Martin Valkyrie continues to redefine what you and I recognise as a hypercar, possessing unrivalled levels of performance in a package that is technologically beyond anything else,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO. “While Chris’ demonstration today was not delivered at full speed, there is no doubt in my mind that we will one day return to deliver its full potential around this magnificent circuit.”
Aston Martin will produce just 150 examples of the Valkyrie, with the entire production run being sold out.