Hyper­car closer to re­al­ity

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As­ton Martin has shown what its new hyper­car will look like - al­most.

A near-pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Valkyrie has re­cently been un­veiled, and by near we hear about 95 per cent close to re­al­ity.

Said to cost US$3.2 mil­lion (NZ$4.35m), the 1000 hp-plus twoseater is still be­ing tweaked for aero­dy­namic down­force and some of its de­sign bits.

As­ton Martin boss Andy Palmer told Britain’s ven­er­a­ble Au­to­car mag­a­zine that the hyper­car will ‘‘lap Sil­ver­stone as fast as an F1 car,’’ which could equate to up to 4000 pounds of down­force at top speed.

Should be fun to see what it will do when it’s done. As­ton Martin and Red Bull Rac­ing will make 150 cars start­ing late next year. Oh, and it will be streetle­gal.

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.

The de­sign team were keen to keep dis­trac­tions to a min­i­mum and fo­cus the driver on the road ahead. To this end all switchgear is lo­cated on the steer­ing wheel, with all the vi­tal signs shown on a sin­gle OLED dis­play screen. The steer­ing wheel is also de­tach­able, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an ad­di­tional se­cu­rity de­vice.

‘‘It’s been a tremen­dous chal­lenge to make the in­te­rior pack­ag­ing work,’’ said Matt Hill, As­ton Martin Cre­ative Di­rec­tor of In­te­ri­ors said of the cock­pit de­sign.

‘‘We’ve em­braced Red Bull Rac­ing’s For­mula One ethos and ap­proached from a dif­fer­ent an­gle than con­ven­tional road car de­sign. 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.’’

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As­ton Martin Valkyrie.

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