AS WE GET CLOSER TO ITS 2019 launch, more juicy details of the Aston Martin Valkyrie have been revealed. Aston Martin has revealed near production ready photographs of the car (and its interiors!), and have detailed how form follows function. The car has been designed by the Aston Martin design team, but they have needed to integrate elements demanded by Adrien Newey, the Chief Technological Officer of the Red Bull Racing F1 team and the man tasked with extracting the maximum from the Valkyrie. So while the essence of the design has remained from what was revealed last year, a few details have been tweaked to maximise aero efficiency and downforce.
For example, the car now has two massive Venturi tunnels to feed the rear diffuser — key to producing the phenomenal levels of downforce while keeping the upper half of the car free of any aerodynamic elements that would ruin the design aesthetic. Another huge change is the addition of the openings in the body surface between the cockpit and the front wheel arches. Newey found these to have tremendous gains on front-end downforce and tasked Aston Martin with integrating them aesthetically. Other elements of the car have been given the lightweighting treatment. The badge, for example. The regular Aston Martin badge was deemed too heavy, while a sticker was deemed too cheap so a chemical etched aluminium badge just 70 microns thick (that’s 30 per cent thinner than human hair) will be used. The headlights too have been stripped off anything unnecessary including the cladding, revealing the intricate elements attached to an anodised aluminium frame — making them 30 per cent lighter than the lightest series production headlamps available to Aston Martin.
Then there is the interior, it is hard to imagine two full sized adults being able to fit inside that teardrop cabin, but they can. The designers fought to free up every millimetre they could — mounting the seats directly to the tub, where you sit in a feet up position similar to an F1 car. All switchgear is located on the (detachable) steering wheel, with all the vitals being displayed on a single OLED screen. Mirrors have been done away with as well, and cameras mounted on the flanks will feed two screens inside the cockpit, live images. The design is still a working progress, with constant improvements being made to make this 1000bhp hypercar more effective through the air.