Built by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar is on course to become the stuff of every boy racers' dreams.
Designed in part by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's chief technical officer and the world's most successful Formula 1 designer, the car’s makers claim it will be the fastest street-legal car in the world.
Allegedly it has 1,130 horsepower; 1,000 horsepower from its high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine and the remaining 100-or-so horses from a KERS setup linked with an electric motor.
What really makes this car special is that it will combine that impressive horsepower with an ultra-light body — coming in at just 2,270 lbs.
Aston Martin is confident it will be street-legal everywhere it sells, despite reportedly ditching wing mirrors for a camera system in the name of weight-saving.
Aesthetically, it looks set to turn heads too. Carbon fibre all over, with curves and lines that simply don’t end. British brand Wipac has crafted its striking LED lights, and the cockpit is formed from one tinted dome of glass.
There will be a track only version too. The racing version will reportedly be lower than the street-legal car, possibly with a removable steering wheel so it’s a little more dignified getting in and out of the car.
Aston Martin is making just 150 cars, and 25 track-only models, so you’ll have to be quick to get your hands on one and have deep enough pockets to afford the hefty price tag—estimated to be in the region of HK$25-30 million.
A prototype is reported to be ready sometime next year and customers can expect their completely customised car in 2019.
Marek Reichman, chief creative officer of Aston Martin, said: “The Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods, are so evocative and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience."
(Text by: Matthew Keegan)