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Since the first re­veal of the As­ton Martin Valkyrie hy­per­car in July 2016, As­ton Martin and Red Bull Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies have been work­ing in­ten­sively to fur­ther de­velop the Valkyrie’s aero­dy­nam­ics, body styling and cock­pit pack­ag­ing.

The teardrop-shaped cock­pit’s up­per body sur­faces and lower tub con­tours fol­low the en­ve­lope of space avail­able be­tween the huge full length Ven­turi tun­nels that run ei­ther side of the cock­pit floor. Draw­ing huge quan­ti­ties of air be­neath the car to feed the rear dif­fuser, these tun­nels are the key to gen­er­at­ing the As­ton Martin Valkyrie’s ex­tra­or­di­nary lev­els of down­force while keep­ing the up­per body sur­faces free from ad­di­tional aero­dy­namic de­vices that would spoil the pu­rity of the styling.

To max­imise in­te­rior space the seats are mounted di­rectly to the tub, with oc­cu­pants adopt­ing a re­clined ‘feet-up’ po­si­tion rem­i­nis­cent of to­day’s For­mula One and Le Mans Pro­to­type race cars, en­sur­ing driver

and pas­sen­ger are ex­tremely safe, per­fectly sup­ported and feel com­pletely at one with the car. A four-point har­ness comes as stan­dard, while an op­tional six-point har­ness will be of­fered for those who in­tend to do more track driv­ing.

While aero­dy­nam­ics and down­force are the dom­i­nant story, As­ton Martin Valkyrie fea­tures some de­light­ful de­tails. Some of the most strik­ing are the head­lights, which take in­spi­ra­tion from the pure func­tion­al­ity of a For­mula One car’s com­po­nents. As­ton Martin’s de­sign­ers stripped things back to the bare es­sen­tials, cel­e­brat­ing the en­gi­neer­ing rather than con­ceal­ing it be­hind cladding. With the low and high beam el­e­ments at­tached to an in­tri­cate ex­posed an­odised alu­minium frame not only are the head­lamp units a work of art, but are also 30-40 per cent lighter than the light­est se­ries pro­duc­tion head­lamps avail­able to As­ton Martin.

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. The new out­lets in the body are a case in point. Or­di­nar­ily the last thing we’d want to do to one of our sur­faces is cut a hole in it, but these vents work the front wings so much harder that they’ve found a sig­nif­i­cant gain in front down­force. The fact that they are so ef­fec­tive gives them their own func­tional beauty, but we’ve fi­nessed them with­out impacting on their func­tion­al­ity. That they also serve as win­dows through which to view the fab­u­lous wing sec­tion front wish­bones is a wel­come bonus!”

“As­ton Martin and Red Bull Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies have been work­ing in­ten­sively to fur­ther de­velop the Valkyrie’s aero­dy­nam­ics, body styling and cock­pit pack­ag­ing.”

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