Aston Martin has released a whole new batch of photos of the Valkyrie hypercar, which was revealed a year ago. The near-production model that we see in these photos is about 95 percent done. Since its reveal, Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies have been working together to develop the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics, body styling and cockpit packaging.
Matt Hill, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors said of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s cockpit design: “We’ve been fighting for millimeters 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.”
Aston Martin says that the Valkyrie’s teardrop-shaped cockpit’s upper body surfaces and lower tub contours follow the envelope of space available between the huge full length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor. Drawing huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, these tunnels are the key to generating the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s high levels of downforce while keeping the upper body surfaces free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the styling.
Since Aston Martin is about 95 percent done with the Valkyrie, there still is a little bit of room left to find ways to further increase the 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,” stated Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design, Miles Nurnberger.
Sadly only 150 units will be built and of course all of them are already spoken for.