Red Bull Advanced Technologies has big plans after the Valkyrie.
To build a car as extraordinary as the Valkyrie, Aston Martin teamed up with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and worked with Adrian Newey, who helped design the F1-inspired hypercar. With Aston Martin returning to Formula 1 as a works team for the first time since 1960, the automaker is parting ways with Red Bull Racing - but the Valkyrie may not be the last road car designed by Newey. Speaking with Autocar, Newey hinted that Red Bull's Advanced Technologies Division wants to build another bespoke road car after the Valkyrie.
"Red Bull Advanced Technology was set up for exactly this project, but it has grown and matured, and we've got quite a lot of commercial projects on the books now," said Newey.
"That makes it easier to take on a road car or a track-biased car that can be put on the road in a tighter timescale, because of the extra experience we've gathered." Unfortunately, Newey didn't provide any more details about his vision for Red Bull Racing's future Valkyrie successor. "So yes, absolutely, we would like to do another vehicle. Exactly what that is and what it's targeted at is subject to debate. Watch this space is probably the easiest way to put it," he said.
Aston Martin's F1-inspired hypercar recently made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it didn't go according to plan as a $6 part caused the hypercar to break down during a run at the hill climb.
Clearly, there are still a few kinks to iron out as Newey confirmed that development isn't finished yet. "It's still slightly raw; there's some development still to be done," he said. "The car at Goodwood didn't have active suspension and there's lots of mapping work still to be done. But I think when everything comes together, it will be really special."
Despite this, customer deliveries for the Valkyrie are still on track for September. Those who were lucky enough to secure an order for one of the 150 cars planned for production won't be disappointed. During a test drive at Goodwood, Newey compared the Valkyrie to a high-performance superbike. "You can take it to the shops, but you really need to have your wits about you or it will bite you. When you really enjoy it is when you take it on track."