COME ON OVER VALKYRIE
There is absolutely nothing conventional about the design of Aston Martin’s futuristic hypercar, which is approaching its tipped 2019 release date – though not without some challenges
SINCE THE VALKYRIE WAS ANNOUNCED IN JULY 2016, the Aston Martin team has been working to refine the car, inside and out – though the unique shape has made the interior development particularly challenging, according to Matt Hill, Aston Martin’s creative director of interiors. “It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work,” he said. “We’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and approached from a different angle than conventional road car design. In this instance, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible and work at it until you find a way to make it work. We’ve been fighting for millimetres everywhere, but the battle has been worth it, as it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size. They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sat behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them. You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.” Interested buyers take note: there are only 150 road-legal versions being built for 2019, with a rumoured price tag of £3 million, though if road legal isn’t your thing, 25 track versions are also in development.