The Aston Martin Valkyrie now has headlights.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is attracting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Built in collaboration with Red Bull Racing, it’s the very definition of a race car for the road. First revealed last year when it was then known as the AM-RB 001, the groundbreaking hypercar has only been shown as a concept model so far. That soon changed last month however, as numerous guests at a private event coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix were invited to marvel at a near-final production version of the Valkyrie.
One guest at the event was tennis star Serena Williams, seen posing next to the Valkyrie in a photo tweeted by Aston Martin. While it still isn’t quite ready for production, this model is a more accurate representation of what the final car will look like. Notably, the headlights have finally been fitted along with a working windshield wiper. Some of the panels have also changed since the concept debuted, such as the front fenders which now contain aero elements showing the suspension. The headlights look a tad conventional in contrast to the Valkyrie’s outlandish design, though, but they may change as an Aston Martin representative told Autocar that the model being showcased is 90 percent complete.
Powering the Valkyrie is a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 developed by Cosworth mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission designed and manufactured by Ricardo. Combined with a hybrid system, the power output is expected to be somewhere in the 1,000-hp region since the Valkyrie only weighs 1,000 kg and has a near 1:1 power ratio. Only 175 examples are being produced, with deliveries expected to start in 2019 when it will compete with the Mercedes-AMG Project One.