Hypercar closer to reality
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.’’
Aston Martin Valkyrie.