Aston Martin Valkyrie
|Aston Martin Valkyrie|
The Valkyrie on display.
Nebula (original codename)|
AM-RB 001 (final codename)
|Assembly||Gaydon, Warwickshire, England|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Engine||6.5 litre Cosworth naturally-aspirated V12|
|Power output||1,130 hp (843 kW; 1,146 PS)|
|Transmission||7-speed Ricardo dual-clutch|
|Battery||Rimac-built KERS hybrid battery system|
|Curb weight||1,030 kg (2,271 lb)|
The Aston Martin Valkyrie (also called through its code-names as AM-RB 001 and Nebula) is a limited production hybrid electric sports car collaboratively built by Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and several other manufacturers.
The sports car is a product of collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to create a car entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car. The car's makers claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world for it. Its design was helped by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer and the world's most successful F1 designer.
The original codename was Nebula, an acronym for Newey, Red Bull and Aston Martin. The name AM-RB 001 was chosen as the final codename, and was decided since Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing had collaborated all throughout the project. AM stands for Aston Martin, and RB stands for Red Bull. 001 may be a possible reference to it being the first production car the two have collaborated on.
In March 2017, Aston Martin revealed that the car would be named Valkyrie, after the Norse mythological figure. According to Red Bull, the name was chosen to continue the tradition of Aston Martin "V" cars and to distinguish the vehicle as a high-performance car (the "V" was used as the distinguishing factor).
A show car was first shown before the production car was, to give people some idea of what the car may look like. The design is nearly finished, currently in a near-production-ready form.
The exterior of the car is extremely aerodynamic for a sports car, with an extensively open underfloor that can fit an entire person, and is capable of producing 1,814 kg (4,000 lb) of downforce under acceleration, gaps from on top on the car (e.g. the front axle and the roof intake), and a large front splitter. The wheels are also designed to maximize airflow.
The interior design was leaked on 20 June 2017 and gave a preview of the car's design. The interior has no gauge cluster, but rather a collection of screens. By the left and right corners are the screens for the camera side mirrors. One screen sits at the top of the center console, which may have a collection of live vehicle information, and regular vehicle controls, but this is not confirmed. A screen is used on the race-inspired steering wheel and acts as the driver gauge cluster. Dials and switches sit beside the wheel screen to allow for easier changes without driving interruption. The seats, formed straight into interior perimeter, are bucket variants, and have two seat belts for each car seat.
Because of the extremely small interior and doors (which are practically roof-only hatches), each vehicle's driver seat is designed specifically for the owner's body shape through 3D scanning. A removable steering wheel provides slightly more space for entry and exit.
In February 2017, Aston Martin revealed most of the vehicle's specifications. The final specifications were revealed later in the year.
Several manufacturers (other than Aston Martin and Red Bull) have taken part in the Valkyrie's construction, these being Cosworth, Ricardo, Rimac Automobili, Multimatic, Alcon, Bosch, Surface Transforms, Wipac, and Michelin.
The car contains a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine tailored by Cosworth, which was initially planned to produce around 1,000 hp (746 kW; 1,014 PS), but it was later announced in June 2017 that the engine would produce 1,130 hp (843 kW; 1,146 PS). At the same time the power output was released, the weight was also mentioned, at 1,030 kg (2,271 lb), which surpasses the intended 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, with 1,097 hp (818 kW; 1,112 PS) per ton.
A Rimac-built hybrid battery system, which performs as a KERS system, is installed along with the engine. The power is delivered by a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission constructed by Ricardo. The exhausts come out nearby the engine, similar to the ones from F1 race cars and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Bosch supplies the Valkyrie's ECU unit, traction control system, and ESP, and brakes and callipers are provided by Alcon and Surface Transforms. The front and rear lights are constructed by Wipac. The car features all-carbon fibre bodywork and is installed with a carbon fibre Monocell from manufacturer Multimatic. Michelin supplies the Valkyrie with the company's high-performance Sport Cup 2 tyres, with 265/35-ZR20 at the front and 325/30-ZR21 at the rear. The wheels are constructed out of lightweight magnesium alloy (20" front, 21" rear) with race-spec centre-lock wheel nuts to reduce mass.
The Valkyrie's track version is in the form of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, with only 25 units to be built (all sold out), using the same 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine. The Rimac Energy Recovery System will remain unchanged, although it will be reprogrammed in terms of its control systems. The engine will also be reprogrammed, which means the AMR Pro will produce more power than its road legal counterpart.
The car's wheels have a smaller diameter in comparison to the road car, with 18-inch wheels at the front and rear. This is to allow the Michelin racing tires (based on LMP1 race cars) to actually fit the car, with F1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes to aid braking performance. The car's interior heaters and infotainment screens have been removed, and have been replaced with racing counterparts. The car will be able to perform 3.3 g lateral force during cornering and 3.5 g in braking deceleration. Top speed is intended to be higher than the regular car, at 250 mph (402 km/h). The car's exhaust have very minimal parts to silence the engine.
A road car production of 150 units is planned, at a unit price of US$3.2 million.
There will be a track version, called the Valkyrie AMR Pro, with only 25 units.
|“||I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car. If they flip, then they never get another special.||”|
|— Andy Palmer|
Andy Palmer enlisted a policy in a Twitter post on 4 July 2017, stating that if the owner were to "flip" the car (buy and sell quickly to make a profit), the owner would be removed from receiving any further special editions from Aston Martin. This policy is also used for Ford's new GT and Mercedes-AMG's Project One.
Car show appearances
- In July 2016, the Valkyrie was unveiled as a non-working full-scale model in Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom.
- In November 2016, the car was featured in a private Aston Martin showcase at the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the day before the 2016 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
- From December 2016 to February 2017, the car was featured in the 2017 Festival Automobile International in Paris, France.
- In February 2017, the car was featured as the star car in the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- In March 2017, the Valkyrie was featured along with the new Vanquish S Volante, the Rapide S AMR, and the V8 Vantage AMR-Pro in the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland.
- In May 2017, the vehicle was featured in the London Motor Show in London, England, United Kingdom.
- On 1 July 2017, Rockstar Games revealed a Valkyrie-inspired sports car for their game Grand Theft Auto V, called the Dewbauchee Vagner.
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- Aston Martin page: Valkyrie
|Owner||David Brown||William Wilson||Minden & Sprague||Victor Gauntlett et al.||Ford||Independent consortium|
|2.6 ltr||3 ltr||Rapide||Lagonda||Taraf|
|Grand Tourer||DB4||DB5 & Volante||DBS & Vantage||DB7||Vantage|
|DB1||DB2||DB2/4 & MKIII||DB6||DBS V8 & AM V8||V8 Virage||V8||DB9 & V12 Virage||DB11|
|V8 Vantage||V8 Vantage||Vanquish||DBS V12||Vanquish|
|DB4 Zagato||V8 Zagato||DB7 Zagato||DB AR1||V12 Zagato||Valkyrie|