POWER TO THE PEO­PLE

As­ton Mar­tin’s Valkyrie breaks record for road-le­gal cars.

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A su­per­car in a league of its own – this is what As­ton Mar­tin is build­ing in the Valkyrie that will hit the road in the later half of next year. With a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.5-litre V12 en­gine pro­duc­ing well over 1,000bhp, it will be the most pow­er­ful road car ever built that does not need the aid of tur­bos or su­per­charg­ers. The 789bhp Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast cur­rently owns this ti­tle.

De­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Red Bull F1 team, the US$3.2 mil­lion (S$4.4 mil­lion) car cre­ated a stir when news emerged of it be­ing fl ipped for a profit. This is be­cause only 150 will be made.

Ac­cord­ing to Miles Nurn­berger, As­ton Mar­tin’s di­rec­tor of de­sign, the tie-up with Red Bull F1 oc­curred af­ter the Bri­tish car­maker’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Andy Palmer, dis­cov­ered that Adrian Newey, the rac­ing out­fit’s leg­endary chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer, was in the midst of de­sign­ing the most pow­er­ful and fastest road car.

It was sim­i­lar to what he had his own As­ton Mar­tin en­gi­neers work on, as part of a seven-year plan for the com­pany. “That’s when we de­cided to col­lab­o­rate on this project,” says Nurn­berger.

The re­sult is a stun­ning de­sign where the cabin ap­pears to be sus­pended above the wheels and the driver’s legs will be po­si­tioned above his hips. On its speed, Nurn­berger says: “On a 100-sec­ond lap time, it will be 20 sec­onds faster than any other hyper car to­day. It will sound like the great For­mula 1 en­gines of our time.”

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