The product of a unique partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, the ground-breaking hypercar, codenamed: AM-RB 001, has been gifted with a name that finds its roots in ancient mythology – Valkyrie.
Unveiled in July of last year, Valkyrie is an ambitious and uncompromising project that sees the luxury brand Aston Martin team up with eminent F1 team Red Bull Racing to create a road going car that is unlike anything seen before. Projected to be capable of the same performance as modern day LMP1 Le Mans sports prototype, Valkyrie is the ultimate expression of modern design, engineering and technology.
The challenge to create a car that is so spectacular on track but still remains comfortable and usable on the road is not one to be taken lightly - as such, a team with unrivalled experience and expertise is required. The three men tasked with the unprecedented project are Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.
Built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, Valkyrie’s extreme yet beautiful design is one that has been heavily influenced by the world of aerodynamics. Through innovative design and the unceasing knowledge of Adrian Newey, Valkyrie is capable of creating a level of downforce that has seldom been seen on a road legal car before. Furthering the design’s efficiency and aesthetic, Reichman built upon Newey’s work to craft something that is dynamic and quintessentially Aston Martin.
Moving on from design, Valkyrie will feature a new high-revving, naturally aspirated, V12 heart that will be mid-mounted. Whilst technical specification details are yet to be released, the team have announced that Valkyrie will achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 – 1 bhp per kilo of weight. Valkyrie will also feature suspension that has been designed through every ounce of the knowledge that Newey has accumulated over his successful thirty year career.
Between 90 and 150 road cars and 25 track-only versions of Valkyrie will be created; all of which will be built by David King and his team in Gaydon at the facility that was purpose-built for Aston Martin’s One-77 hypercar. Whilst the majority of exact specification details remain untold, we will continue to report additional information as it is made available by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.