McLaren Designer Points Out The Flaws In The Aston Martin Valhalla

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But he thinks its almost perfect.

Designer Frank Stephenson, the man who penned the McLaren P1, the Ford Escort Cosworth, the BMW X5 and others, has spent his last year and a half giving his takes on the modern and classic designs of some of the best brands in the world. He also recently created a coloring book.

Today he's going over the impeccably gorgeous Aston Martin Valhalla supercar, and we don't know what bones he'll have to pick with it. It proportions are perfect; it's 937-hp hybrid engine sounds incredible and it's even in one of our favorite colors. But, we're not designers.

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Stephenson, comically wearing a t-shirt with a car he designed on it, starts out by explaining that the Valhalla IS almost perfect. He notes the striking proportions and the grille and hood, which features the S-curve like a lot of other Astons. We'll add that between the grille and the color, this doesn't need a badge to be recognizable.

He says the busy side profile is like a symphony of curves, with pieces working together to create a full picture. He likes the canopy too, but thinks, and we agree, that the headlights look a little too normal.

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2023 Aston Martin Valhalla Rear View Aston Martin

In the second part of the video Stephenson makes changes to the design, surely irking original designers Adrian Newey and Miles Nurnberger. He shrinks the grille, which does look better, and updates the headlights and side mirrors, calling the latter, "outdated technology."

At that point he struggles to make any more changes in the front. He then checks out the sides and points out that weird V shape where the fender hits the doors. He suggests just taking them off. Later he brings the upper and lower halves of the door together into a smoother piece.

You're probably thinking, "what the hell, this car is beautiful!" But Stephenson is a designer, so he's going to design, even if it's on top of one of the most striking vehicles ever produced.

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