Remember when I first posted about the Aston Martin VALKYRIE? Well, that was back in July 2016, and back then, the car was still code-named AM-RB001. A lot has happened since. I’ve seen the « car » countless times, both in Paris, Geneva and Goodwood. But it has always been a model since.
But now things seem to have changed. Aston Martin and Red Bull have been working hand in hand to further develop the car. And the Aston Martin Valkyrie revealed itself. What they’ve been working on essentially is the aerodynamics, body styling and cockpit packaging. If you ask me, the most important aspects of a car nowadays.
The style is very interesting. Feels like it’s a teardrop-shaped car. Aerodynamically speaking, they’ve managed to do something quite amazing: they managed to keep the general aspect of the car almost « spoiler-free ». That was managed with a lot of work in the space under the car, creating tunnels that draw huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser (hence, the upper body of the car is as clean as it gets). Everything on the Valkyrie has been about aerodynamics and downforce. As a matter of fact, the car is very surprising in itself. So close to LMP cars in terms of design, YET, it feels so hollow from the gound up.
The cockpit really seems like a bubble inside the car. Another interesting thing is the driving position. Both passenger and driver have an inclined position, with their « feet-up », which is reminiscent of today’s most advanced racing cars (wether it’s in Formula One or Le Mans LMP1/LMP2 cars). I still find it crazy that you can fit two in there… wait and see!! The interior gadgets and infotainment is minimalistic, the team wanted the driver to focus on the road. Kind of like with the new Ford GT, everything you’ll ever need is located on the detachable steering wheel (which seems to be a trend nowadays). Also, I believe modern track-car steering wheels are beginning to look more and more complex as time goes by, more and more similar to that of an F1 !! But then again, that would seem logical here given the collaboration with Red Bull RACING).
Another cool detail: the Aston Martin badge. It has a new name: LACEWING. It is a 70-microns-thick chemichally-etched aluminium badge. Thinner than a human hair. How awesome is that? With the Valkyrie revealed now, I can only saw one thing: I’m so excited to see this thing driving…
SOURCE: Aston Martin’s website