The Aston Martin Valkyrie could be just the start of the hypercar revolution.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to become one of the most exciting car launches in recent years, with its Red Bull-developed aerodynamics and V12 hybrid powertrain delivering extreme performance that will redefine your expectations of what’s possible in a road-going hypercar. Essentially a 1,000-horsepower race car for the road, it’s hard to imagine Aston Martin ever surpassing this benchmark, but that hasn’t stopped the manufacturer speculating about a future successor.
Speaking to Motoring, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer would like to extract even more power out of the Valkyrie one day. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is just the start of the hypercar revolution, and will even spawn a new family of mid-engined supercars, but don’t expect a direct successor to arrive any time soon. “I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s not possible in the next five or 10 years,” Palmer said. “You’re going to need a revolution in materials technology or engine dynamics or aerodynamics before you could go further. That’s what Adrian Newey is doing, he’s pushing everything he knows about Formula 1, which is already the pinnacle of automotive technology and he’s putting all of it into the Valkyrie.”
While the Valkyrie will incorporate Formula One racing technology, it isn’t being fitted with an F1 engine – unlike the mighty Mercedes-AMG Project One, another obscene hypercar that will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. 275 Project One hypercars will be built compared to just 150 examples of the Valkyrie. But while there are still several unallocated Project Ones, demand for the Valkyrie has been unprecedented. “There were over 600 requests for the car. It’s a nice problem to have,” said Palmer, before explaining that producing more than 150 units would ruin the prestige of owning one. “We worried about going beyond 150 because we have to balance exclusivity versus profitability, if you like."
The more you make the better it is for us. But we didn’t imagine we’d get the reaction we did, and it speaks volumes to the brand and speaks volumes to the dream of having that kind of a car.” Porsche has also hinted that a successor to the 918 hybrid hypercar could happen in the next ten years, which could coincide with the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s future replacement. Considering the standard that the Valkyrie and Project One is setting for hybrid hypercars, it boggles the mind to think what manufacturers could achieve in future generations.