When the Aston Martin Valkyrie was first announced last year, we called it "the McLaren F1 for a new generation." That feels increasingly true as we learn more about this ambitious hypercar. We just got a ton of new info on the Valkyrie from sources deeply familiar with the car. Here's everything we know.
We'll cut right to the chase—according to our information, the Valkyrie's total power output will be around 1130 hp, with nearly 1000 hp coming from a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 and the rest from an electric motor powered by a Formula One-style kinetic energy regeneration system. Red Bull Racing Formula One, and its aero genius Adrian Newey, collaborated with Aston Martin on the development of the car, which helps explain its 2270-lb (1030-kg) curb weight. That means the Valkyrie is roughly 60 pounds lighter than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, with more power than a LaFerrari.
When the Valkyrie was first announced, Aston Martin said its goal was to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every kilogram of weight. The numbers we've heard indicate that Aston may have exceeded that goal, providing some wiggle room if either stat changes as the car is developed further.
All sorts of neat details helped Aston Martin and Red Bull achieve that astonishing 2270-lb weight figure. For example, there are no exterior mirrors. The Valkyrie replaces them with a camera system and LCD displays on either side of the dashboard, eliminating the weight of electric adjustable door mirrors.
The same goes for the metal Aston Martin badge on the car's nose. Apparently it's less than a micron thick and weighs only a few milligrams, bonded directly to the painted surface of the nose. It's so thin, you can't even feel it when you run your finger across it, one source tells us.
If you thought the Ford GT's interior was stripped down and race-ready, the Valkyrie's takes it to the next level. Photos viewed by Road & Track show a center console less than three inches wide, with nearly every vehicle control found on the steering wheel.
Aston Martin is also working on a track-only Valkyrie with an even more extreme aero kit. One source says this track-day special sits lower than the road-going Valkyrie and has a larger front splitter and a big rear wing. When the Valkyrie project was first announced, Aston said it intends the track-only version to lap Silverstone Circuit as quickly as a modern LMP1 car.
We're told the Valkyrie that's currently being shown in private Aston Martin events features a racing-style removable steering wheel for better ingress and egress, with a digital instrument panel in the hub of the wheel. Given that such a system would likely be incompatible with airbags, we believe this feature may be limited to the track-only Valkyrie. The production car, we're told, will be fully street-legal, including in the US.
Each car will be tailored to its owner, with a custom seat formed from a 3D body scan of the driver. The windows are fixed due to the curvature of the gullwing doors, and, we assume, to save weight by eliminating the roll-down mechanism.
The most striking thing about the Valkyrie is its aerodynamic package. Huge twin air tunnels run the length of the car’s undercarriage, creating downforce without requiring a big rear wing. Large air openings in the front fenders channel airflow over the car's body, and leave the front suspension exposed. The car seen in Aston Martin's tweet embedded above also wears carbon fiber wheel covers that we're told are optional, designed to minimize the aerodynamic impact of spinning spokes.
The Valkyrie might be packed with racing technology, but it’s not totally impractical—we hear the car's the side pods contain spacious cargo holds, similar to the twin trunks in the McLaren F1. Apparently, Adrian Newey insisted that two people should be able to fit enough luggage in the Valkyrie for a weekend trip. And even though the cockpit looks tight, Aston Martin has said previously that its chief designer Marek Reichman, who's six-foot four, will fit comfortably.
While we're told that Aston Martin doesn't yet have a running prototype of the Valkyrie, the silver model that Aston is displaying is said to be representative of the car's final form, and is being shown at events for future and prospective owners. The picture tweeted by Aston Martin was taken at a Valkyrie buyers' event held during the Monaco Grand Prix. Our source tells us Aston plans to have a running prototype by 2018, if not sooner. Customer deliveries for the Valkyrie are set to begin in 2019.
Finally, our source told us that Aston Martin wants to take the car to Le Mans next year, marking its debut by driving a production-spec Valkyrie around the course on the first lap of the legendary endurance race. The Valkyrie certainly won’t be out of place there—it seems to be directly inspired by the design of modern LMP1 race cars.
We can’t wait to see what it can do in the real world.
Update 06/22/2017 3:23 p.m. ET: A leaked YouTube video of the Valkyrie was originally included in this post. That video has since been taken down from YouTube; we’ve removed the broken link from this post.