The Aston Martin Valkyrie, which has been teased for about a year, is finally becoming a reality.
Or at least, one we can see.
Aston Martin has released more extensive images of the exterior and, for the first time, revealed to us what the interior of the hypercar will look like.
The design team’s aim was to keep the interior simple in order to “keep distractions to a minimum and focus the driver on the road ahead”. They certainly succeeded.
Firstly, the dash is almost completely bare, save a couple of mounted screens. All of the car’s controls are found on the wheel.
Visibility from the driver’s seat has also been maximised though use of rear-cameras in place of door mirrors.
Since the Valkyrie has no rear window due to a roof-mounted engine air intake, the windscreen is free of a rear-view mirror.
The seats are directly mounted to the tub, which Aston interior design director Matt Hill says maximises the amount of space available to the occupants.
Outside, the design remains very similar to the initial images seen of the Valkyrie, though Aston Martin says Red Bull Racing chief tech officer Adrian Newey has influenced plenty of detail alterations in the “pursuit of downforce and aerodynamic efficiency”.
“One of the biggest changes in this latest model are the openings in the body surface between the cockpit and front wheel arches, Newey having found that they were the key to achieving considerable gains in front downforce.”
Details such as the headlights have been stripped back to “celebrate the engineering rather than concealing it behind cladding”, which means the light elements are attached to an exposed anodised aluminium frame, giving them a rather striking appearance.
It’s not just a style point, though, as the lights are estimated to be “30-40 per cent lighter than the lightest series production headlamps available to Aston Martin”.
In another feat of weight-saving engineering, the Aston Martin badge between those lights is 70 microns thick, which is thinner than human hair, and weighs practically nothing.
At that point, it might as well be painted on.
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin’s director of exterior design, says the Valkyrie is abount 95 per cent complete in terms of exterior design.
“The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian [Newey] continues to explore way of finding more downforce,” he says.
“The new outlets in the body are a case in point. The fact that they are so effective gives them their own functional beauty, but we’ve finessed them without impacting on their functionality.”