Developing a new car demands thousands, if not millions, of man-hours. So, when it comes to working out something as radical as Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar, we can only imagine how much time and effort is involved in getting the finished product into a presentable state.
Now though, Aston has revealed to the world some of the secrets behind the Valkyrie’s exterior and interior design.
The car is the result of a collaboration with Red Bull and was revealed to much fanfare in June 2016 as the AM-RB 001 before receiving its Valkyrie name in March.
Since then, the team behind its development have been working flat-out to further improve the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics, body styling and cockpit packaging.
Aston explains that the car creates extraordinary levels of downforce with its teardrop-shaped cockpit’s upper body surfaces and lower tub contours. These draw huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser.
Interior space is maximised by mounting the seats directly to the tub, with occupants adopting an F1-style ‘feet-up’ position. This is designed to make the driver feel at one with the car, but actually serves to improve safety too.
To negate any unwanted aerodynamic disturbance or stylistic clutter, traditional door mirrors have been replaced by discreetly mounted rear-facing cameras in each of the Valkyrie’s flanks. Footage captured by these cameras is fed to two displays positioned at the base of either A-pillar to mimic the view provided by conventional door mirrors.
There’s no rearview mirror though, due to the all-enveloping bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intake, which kills off any space for a rear window.
Aston Martin’s creative director of interiors Matt Hill said making the Valkyrie’s cockpit design work had been “a tremendous challenge”.
He added that the brand had to embrace Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and attitude, rather than approach it from a conventional road car design angle.
“In this instance, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible and work at it until you find a way to make it work,” explained Mr Hill.
“We’ve been fighting for millimetres everywhere, but the battle has been worth it, as it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Anyone who lays eyes on the Valkyrie will agree it’s an absolute stunner.”
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