With extreme power and a better than 1:1 power to weight ratio, it's hard to believe the Aston Martin Valkyrie is street-legal.
The hypercar holy trinity of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 seems like a distant memory now but the next few years promises to be an exciting new era, as other manufacturers are entering the fray to redefine the hypercar as we know it. McLaren is already working on the BP23 Hyper-GT which will adopt an F1-style central driving position, while Mercedes-AMG will reveal the much-anticipated Project One at Frankfurt this September. The almighty Aston Martin Valkyrie in development with Red Bull Racing is also attracting a lot of attention.
We already knew it would be radical, but Road and Track has revealed new details on the Valkyrie's performance specs that will blow your mind. According to sources, the Valkyrie has a combined power output of 1,130 hp. Nearly 1,000 hp comes courtesy of the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine developed by Cosworth, while around 130 hp will come from an electric motor powered by an F1-style kinetic energy regeneration system. Granted, those performance figures pale in comparison to the 1,500-hp Bugatti Chiron, but the Valkyrie has a curb weight of just 1,030 kg (2,270 lbs). That makes it lighter than a Mazda MX-F5 Miata and more powerful than a LaFerrari.
And if those figures are to be believed, this means the Valkyrie will have a better than 1:1 power to weight ratio. The report details some of the extreme measures Aston Martin took to keep the Valkyrie as light as possible. Traditional exterior mirrors have been traded with a camera system and LCD displays on the dashboard to eliminate the weight of electric adjustable door mirrors. And yet somehow, the Valkyrie will be street-legal in the US. Even the badge on the nose is less than a micron thick and weighs a few milligrams. Only 150 road-legal examples of the Valkyrie will be built, which have all sold out, but Aston Martin will also offer 25 track-only variants.
The track-only Valkyrie will boast an even more extreme aero kit, a lower ride height, a larger front splitter and a rear wing. Aston Martin wants the track-only special to be able to lap the Silverstone Circuit as fast as a modern LMP1 race car. Currently, Aston Martin doesn’t have a working prototype of the Valkyrie, but the production model is expected to be revealed at next year’s Le Mans where it will perform the first lap of the endurance race. Customer deliveries will then commence in 2019.