What: Aston Martin Valkyrie, Who: Anyone who appreciates the epitome of hybrid insanity. Why: $3.2 million
This list wouldn’t be complete without some version of the mighty Aston Martin. We’re shining our spotlight on this Valkyrie that’s been co-developed with renowned engineering firm Cosworth, because not only is it one of the fastest cars in the world, it’s one of the most expensive.
Built in 2018, this hypercar is a renovation of the old Aston Martin-Red Bull AM-RB 001. Legend has it that Valkyrie is Aston Martin’s new president, Andy Palmer’s vision, and that he agreed to build this car over a drink with Red Racing’s Christian Horner and Adrian Newey. The company is selling their 150 examples as “the upgraded version comes as close as possible to a Formula One™ car without being restricted to the track.” They have devised an aerodynamic scheme that channels air through the chassis, resulting in downforce without using the wings. It also designed an engine which acts as a structural component, weighing less than 441 pounds – just like the F1.
When it comes to sheer hybridized power, the Valkyrie may very well stand in a class all its own for a while to come. It’s built using components sourced from the company’s championship-winning cars, starting with the Mona Lisa of engines – 6.7-litre, naturally- aspirated V-12, a 1:1 power/weight ratio, and a Rimac-built hybrid battery system. The result is a combined output of about 1,000 horsepower. It also revs to no less than 11,600 rpm, making it an absolute screamer on the road, and bangs out a 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque.
The dramatically-styled body incorporates two seats where the driver and passenger are expected to sit in a reclined feet-up position, and owners who are interested will also be able to have moulded or tailored seats made directly to the car’s carbon-fibre tub. There is no announced price for the luxurious hypercar yet. But according to early reports, if we put it at $3.2 million, we’d be about right.