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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.

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