Watch it in action for the first time.
It has finally moved from the auto show floor to the track, where it rightly belongs. The Aston Martin Valkyrie has made its first official public appearance at the Silverstone Circuit just in time for the British Grand Prix. With Aston Martin chief test driver Chris Goodwin at the helm, the 1,160 horsepower hypercar wowed the crowd yesterday, July 13.
Goodwin had no intention of pushing the advanced pre-production prototype to its limits, but the goal was to offer a glimpse of what is yet to come. Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ engineers were also on hand to watch.
"I’ve driven this car around Silverstone for countless hours on the simulator at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s HQ and in many other sports cars throughout my career, but to drive Aston Martin Valkyrie here today feels exceptionally special,” Goodwin said after completing his lap. "Of course, we still have a lot of development work to go but we can now begin to really push the physical testing process and realize the capabilities of what we have developed over the past months. Putting that aside, today has brought a real smile to my face and I hope that the crowds watching from the stands enjoyed it as much as I did.”
The Valkyrie hypercar, which is also slated to compete next year at Le Mans, is the result of a combined Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing venture. The goal is very simple: to build the ultimate street-legal hypercar.
Packed with countless F1-derived technologies, the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics are also F1-inspired. Its chassis is all carbon fiber and it has a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. And speaking of power, that will come courtesy of a Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12. Production is limited to only 150 examples, each priced at around $3.2 million. They have all been sold.
"Today is a real milestone in not only Aston Martin’s history but for our industry as a whole,” said CEO Andy Palmer. "Aston Martin Valkyrie continues to redefine what you and I recognize as a hypercar, possessing unrivaled levels of performance in a package that is technologically beyond anything else.” The first customer deliveries are expected by the end of this year.