GODS’ SPEED

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Con­cept: AS­TON MARTIN VALKYRIE De­signer: AS­TON MARTIN AND RED BULL RAC­ING Odds of pro­duc­tion: THE CAR IS IM­MI­NENT,

BUT THE OR­DER BOOK IS FULL

As­ton Martin re­cently gave an of­fi­cial name to the hy­per­car for­merly co­de­named AM-RB 001, but it has re­leased few ad­di­tional de­tails about the Valkyrie. The car rep­re­sents a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Bri­tish auto brand and the Red Bull Rac­ing For­mula 1 team. As­ton Martin will build only 175 ex­am­ples, in­clud­ing 25 track only mod­els, and each is spo­ken for. Re­ports say the car’s new mid-mounted, high-revving, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 will pro­duce 1,000hp, and that the car, con­structed pri­mar­ily of car­bon fi­bre, will weigh only 1,000kg. Those num­bers are in line with As­ton Martin’s tar­get of a 1:1 power-to-met­ric weight ra­tio.

It has been said the car will gen­er­ate 1,814kg of down­force, though its de­sign doesn’t in­clude a rear wing. Re­ports say much of the down­force will be gen­er­ated through un­der­floor aero­dy­nam­ics, specif­i­cally by wide chan­nels in the un­der­car­riage that run from the front of the car to the wide-open dif­fuser at the rear. The lat­est images of the car – from a pri­vate pre­sen­ta­tion in June dur­ing Monaco Grand Prix week – show small gull­wing doors, a nar­row cock­pit that will ac­com­mo­date two adults, and a wrap­around wind­screen. As­ton Martin plans to be­gin de­liv­er­ies in 2019. — LARRY BEAN

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