A couple of days back, Aston Martin showed off its near-production version of the Valkyrie giving us a glimpse of what’s in store when the car is delivered to all those who have booked one for themselves.
According to Aston Martin, the design shown here is 95 percent complete and some of the things can change as the design team, led by Red Bull’s expert aerodynamicist, Adrian Newey, attempts to eke out as much downforce as possible. Compared to the concept, new air channels designed to add to the overall downforce of the car have been dug into the front wheel arches. They also double as Aston Martin’s famous side strakes—a clear case of form following function. The wheels also feature a flat surface designed to reduce air turbulence. Aston Martin says this controversial design will be an available feature, however.
Valkyrie’s teardrop-shaped cabin’s upper surfaces and lower tub contours remain the same as on the concept. They follow the envelope of space available between the massive Venturi tunnels that run the length of the car either side of the cabin’s floor. These help to generate most of the downforce, allowing the upper surfaces to be devoid of additional aero elements and thus retain their clean, almost sensual look.
Great attention has been taken with the glasshouse design to ensure forward and peripheral side-to-side vision is virtually uninterrupted. To avoid any unwanted aerodynamic disturbance or stylistic ‘clutter’ traditional door mirrors have been replaced by discreetly mounted rear facing cameras in each of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s flanks. These feed two displays which are positioned at the base of each A-post to mimic the view provided by conventional door mirrors. The all-enveloping bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intake means there is no rear window, negating the requirement for a rearview mirror.
The rear of the Valkyrie is where most of the changes have occurred. The single exhaust exit of the concept has been replaced by a twin-exit design while the trailing edge of the Venture tunnels now take on a more curved appearance. This curved theme is carried over to the rear wing which is now just a single arch. Also fitted to the car at both ends are the production lights which are full LED units.
The Aston Martin Design team were keen to keep distractions to a minimum and focus the driver on the road ahead. To this end all switchgear is located on the steering wheel, with all the vital signs shown on a single OLED display screen. The steering wheel is also detachable, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an additional security device.