In July 2016, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveiled an astonishing hypercar named ‘Valkyrie’. Now, a year since that initial prototype, Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies have unveiled details about the car’s exterior and interior design.
Taking inspiration from Formula One’s need for pure functionality, the revolutionary headlights have been entirely stripped back by Aston Martin’s designers to expose their beautiful intricate details whilst the cutting-edge chemical etched aluminium Aston Martin ‘wings’ badge, that adorns Valkyrie’s nose, is just 70 microns thick – 30 per cent thinner than a human hair.
Talking of Valkyrie’s design, Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design, Miles Nurnberger, said:
“I would say we’re around 95 per cent of the way there with the exterior design. Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car, so this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore way of finding more downforce. The new outlets in the body are a case in point. Ordinarily the last thing we’d want to do to one of our surfaces is cut a hole in it, but these vents work the front wings so much harder that they’ve found a significant gain in front downforce. The fact that they are so effective gives them their own functional beauty, but we’ve finessed them without impacting on their functionality. That they also serve as windows through which to view the fabulous wing section front wishbones is a welcome bonus!”
Talking of the incredible interior, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors, Matt Hill, said:
“It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work. 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.”
Valkyrie is an incredibly exciting project that we shall continue to bring you updates on as and when they are released. We’d like to hear what you think of this astounding new car from Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing – join the conversation on social media and be sure to follow Aston Martin Nottingham on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all future updates.