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Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Will Feature Tech Beyond F1

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The Valkyrie will have higher performing components than those found in current F1 cars.

Aston Martin's Valkyrie hypercar, developed with Red Bull Racing, promises to feature some cutting-edge technologies even beyond what is used in F1 when it launches later this year. While the Valkyrie needs to meet certain safety requirements and road laws, it does not have to abide by the sometimes-stifling rules and regulations that apply to Formula 1 race cars. Autocar learned that because of this, certain materials and components used in the Valkyrie are actually of a higher performance than you would find in F1 cars.

That should go some way in helping this approximately $3-million hypercar meet Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer's promise that it would lap Silverstone as quickly as a modern Formula 1 car. The Valkyrie is not the only F1-tech inspired car though. Mercedes-AMG's Project One will also feature cutting-edge systems designed to extract the very best lap times possible. While both will feature 1000-bhp+ power outputs, the Valkyrie's projected downforce should be more than double the estimated 1,400 lbs the Project One is rumored to have which could give it the edge on high-speed circuits.

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These advances in aerodynamics and chassis design are thanks to the expertise of many talented designers and engineers such as Adrian Newey, CTO at Red Bull and Aston design boss Marek Reichman. Adrian's goals were to produce a simple, light and pure car and he says that there will be distinct race and road versions of the Valkyrie. Both should be powered by a naturally aspirated 900-bhp 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 with electric motors helping boost peak power to over 1100-bhp. The planned production run of 150 cars should begin later this year with customers taking delivery during the course of 2019.