Marcus De Guzman / Aston Martin | July 12, 2017 14:37
Lightweight, aerodynamic Aston Martin Valkyrie gets subtle changes
What began as an idea is now a reality as Aston Martin recently released new details and images of their upcoming 'hypercar', the Valkyrie. First revealed during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show as a concept car, the Valkyrie combines a radical exterior design that is coupled to a lightweight frame and a highly-tuned V12 powertrain.
In its production form, the Valkyrie appears to remain faithful to the original design concept. However, one will immediately notice that it now has a set of headlights and taillights which the concept lacked. Compared to standard headlights, the ones used in the Valkyrie are 30 to 40-percent lighter according to Aston Martin. Also worth mentioning is its third brakelight which they claim to be is the thinnest in the world.
The Valkyrie also now comes with a higher roofline. While still aerodynamic, Aston Martin made it taller for improved comfort for the occupants. Instead of opting for a normal badge for their upcoming hypercar, the Valkyrie comes with laser-etched badging made of aluminum. Topping it all off are the prominent gullwing doors.
Aside from the exterior, Aston Martin also showed pictures of the Valkyrie's carbon fiber interior. Both seats are bolted directly to the floor and passengers sit with their feet slightly raised, much like Formula 1 and Le Mans racecars. A four-point racing harness will keep occupants planted to the seats though a six-point harness will also be made available as an option.
The steering wheel comes with a digital display which shows information like speed, rpm, gear position, oil pressure, engine temperature and fuel level as such. Other relative information will also be displayed on the center-dash mounted display. Meanwhile, cameras and monitors replace the typical side mirrors.
In review, the Valkyrie will be propelled by a 1000 PS 6.5-liter Cosworth V12. It will then be mated to a 7-speed paddle shift transmission. Expected to have a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1, it's highly likely that the Valkyrie will have a curb weight of 1,000 kg. Providing stopping power for the Valkyrie will come courtesy of Surface Transforms and Alcon which made the lightweight brake calipers and carbon discs.
Further refinements and changes may be applied to the Valkyrie, but Aston Martin did say that the hypercar is pretty much finished. Only 150 units will be made worldwide, 25 of which will be track-only models.