Aston Martin is car brand well known for making some of the most beautiful cars to ever hit the streets and also race tracks, right from their “Grand Tourers” like the DB10 and DB11 to their “FOR TRACK USE ONLY” Aston Martin Vulcan. But their upcoming car is on a whole new platform.
This is the Aston Martin Valkyrie a.k.a AM-RB 001 & Nebula. This is Aston Martin’s first jump into the hybrid technology and with its crazy over the top styling and track focused chassis it’s sure to be an absolute monster around any track. There is also a street legal version of this car production for which Aston Martin claims the title of “The fastest street legal car.” The Valkyrie will be mainly competing with the Mercedes Project One and the Mclaren Senna.
The Valkyrie is designed by “Adrian Newey”, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1 car designer which very clearly shows in this car’s looks. It is so focused on aerodynamics and weight savings that it doesn’t even have a bottom half, just a front splitter which helps to steady the front end around corners. The wheels are most likely to be changed on the production car as they don’t follow street regulations around the world. The side panels are engineered in such a way as to direct air flow around the body of the car providing least resistance and directly into the engine bay and finally out the exhaust in one continuous flow. Even the “Gull-wing” doors open up from above the side panels which makes getting into the car a little tough, but then again this car was never built for comfort. Aston Martin went all out with weight saving as the interiors of this car consist only of the steering wheel which can be taken out, a centre mounted screen, a small screen to the left of the steering wheel which records lap times and the gear selector buttons. Even the seats are stuck directly onto the chassis itself so there is no way to adjust them.
This car is powered by a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces 1,130hp. As mentioned before this car is a hybrid and as a result Aston Martin has incorporated an electric motor produced by none other than “Rimac” who is said to be the producer of the first electric supercar. The power of the engine and electric motor is delivered to the wheels by a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission which together is capable of catapulting the car to a blinding top speed of 250mph (402km/h). They plan on building 150 units of the road car and only 25 units of the track version which will be called “The Valkyrie AMR PRO”.
Aston Martin has always managed to amaze the world with their cars both in design and performance and it was only a matter of time before they also tried their hand at hybrid technology. But will the Aston Martin Valkyrie manage to beat its competitors “The Mercedes Project One” and “The Mclaren Senna” both being very impressive cars in their own respect? With the combination of an incredibly innovative powertrain and the heavy emphasis on its F1 design, there is good chance “The Valkyrie” will beat out its competitors.
Rimac Concept One