The Aston Martin Valkyrie, aka AM-RB 001 and Nebula, is a limited production hybrid sports car collaboratively built by the British automobile manufacturer 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 develop a track-oriented car entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car. The car’s makers claim the title of the fastest street-legal car in the world for it. Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1 designer aided in the design of the car.
Its main competitor is the Mercedes-AMG One. Before the start of the 2019 Formula One British Grand Prix, the car made a lap of the Silverstone circuit for the first time. It’s an incredibly special car with an equally remarkable name, one that immediately evokes connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods.The road car’s production will be limited to 150 units at a unit price of US$3.2 million. Valkyrie is Aston Martin’s first-ever hypercar and leaves nothing in reserve.
The exterior of the car is extremely aerodynamic for a sports car, with an extensively open underfloor that works on the principle of the venturi effect, which can fit an entire person and is capable of producing 1,814 kg (4,000 lb) of downforce at high speed. Gaps in the top of the car (e.g. the front axle and the roof intake) and a large front splitter aid in generating downforce. The wheels are also designed to manage the airflow and be as light as possible at the same time.
Striking aerodynamic exterior and an open underfloor maximize downforce and harness the atmosphere around Valkyrie. The all-carbon fibre bodywork carries their trademark upper grille outline, before forming into a radical body utterly honed for performance.
The interior has no gauge cluster, but it’s instead 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 centre 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 any driving interruption. The seats, formed from hollow carbon fibre straight into the interior perimeter, are bucket variants and have two seat belts for each car seat.
Because of the minimal interior and doors (which are practically roof-only hatches), each 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.
TRACK PERFORMANCE ON THE STREETS
Valkyrie comes as close as possible to a Formula One car without being restricted to the track. Its technology comes directly from the involvement with Red Bull Racing Advanced Technologies and has all the hallmarks of their crafted luxury.
The advanced mid-mounted powertrain takes its cue from F1. Throttle response of the V12 is honed for a seductive sound; the hybrid tech gives an immediacy of acceleration.
A NEW BREED
Otherworldly performance comes from the 6.5-litre V12 engine developed with Cosworth. Starkly different from a traditional hybrid system, the V12 is torque-enhanced during take-off and uses the electric motor for a power boost.
ONE FOR ONE
All carbon-fibre. There’s not one steel component in Valkyrie’s structure. The iconic creation will supply a naturally-aspirated V12 specifically to a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. All that power, exceptionally lightweight.
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 have a power output of 1,146 PS (843 kW; 1,130 hp) at 10,500 rpm with a redline of 11,000 rpm. At the same time the power output figures of the engine were released, the weight was also mentioned, at 1,030 kg (2,271 lb), which surpasses the intended 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, with 1,112 PS (818 kW; 1,097 hp) per ton. The car can accelerate to 97 km/h (60 mph) from a standstill in a time of 2.5 seconds.
– Source: astonmartin.com