Aston Martin Valkyrie: hypercar’s interior revealed


  Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing’s dramatic Valkyrie hypercar is detailed in new shots ahead of 2019 release date Aston Martin is again whetting our appetite for the incredible Valkyrie hypercar with a batch of new images, including our first look at the interior. Set to hit the road in 2019, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will have a 6.5-litre Cosworth-built V12 and a Formula One-style hybrid assist system. The new pictures show more of the Valkyrie’s low and uncompromising bodywork, designed to be as close as possible to a road-going Formula 1 car. Aston’s engineers, in conjunction with partner Red Bull’s Advanced Technologies department, have worked to improve the car’s styling and aerodynamics since the Valkyrie’s official reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
While features such as the huge ‘Venturi tunnels’ that run either side of the cockpit remain, detail changes include new openings in the body surface between the cockpit and front wheelarches. These are said to provide “considerable gains” in downforce.
Aston’s Director of Exterior Design, Miles Nurnberger, said that the Valkyrie’s exterior is now “95 per cent of the way there” as Red Bull’s Adrian Newey continues to find ways to improve downforce and aero even further. Aston Martin Valkyrie: interior The team has also pushed the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s interior packaging to its limits to offer as much space as possible without compromising the exterior. The seats are mounted directly to the carbon tub, while Aston says occupants will have to adopt a “reclined ‘feet up’ position reminiscent of today’s Formula One and Le Mans Prototype race cars”. A four-point harness is standard fit, while an optional six-point harness can be specified if a lot of track use is the order of the day. Interior Creative Director Matt Hill says “you really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults”.
The cockpit and dash design take race car minimalism to the extreme, with exposed carbon-fibre surrounding most surfaces, only a couple of buttons on the centre console and a central touchscreen. The removable steering wheel appears to have been lifted straight out of a Le Mans car, with a number of buttons and toggle switches instead of stalks to operate major controls and the various drive modes. A screen on the wheel acts as the instruments, while two screens attached to cameras at each side of the car replace the usual door mirrors
Aston Martin Valkyrie: V12 Cosworth engine The Valkyrie will be powered by a bespoke Cosworth-built 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine. The unit will also be paired with a ‘lightweight hybrid battery system’ expected to take the shape of a KERS boost system similar to that on current Formula One cars. The 6.5-litre V12 engine, which will feature in all 150 road-going versions of the Valkyrie, will be paired with a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox designed and manufactured by Ricardo. All models, however, have all been sold at an estimated £2million each. First deliveries will begin in 2019. The project has been headed up by two of the biggest names in car design - Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's chief creative officer, and Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's chief technical officer. Aston is targeting a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. We expect the Valkyrie to weigh around 900kg, which means a power figure of 900bhp is on the cards.
Like the McLaren P1, two versions of the Valkyrie are expected to be offered – a road car and a track-only model. It’s expected that the track-only model will be capable of exceeding 200mph, with a 0-62mph time of just over two seconds. Valkyrie to use Michelin tyre technology Aston Martin has confirmed that Michelin will be the tyre technology partner for the Valkyrie hypercar project. The French brand, which has experience in motorsport disciplines as diverse as Formula One, the World Rally Championship and Moto GP, will work with Aston and Red Bull Advanced Technologies to ensure that the Valkyrie’s tyres are able to cope with the extreme levels of downforce and performance that the car is expected to produce. Aston has confirmed that the Valkyrie will run on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber - 265/30 ZR20 at the front and 325/30 ZR21 at the rear. The tyres will be wrapped around magnesium alloy wheels that feature race-spec centre lock nuts in a bid to reduce unsprung mass. Michelin is the latest technical partner to join the Valkyrie project. Other names involved include engine specialist Cosworth and transmission firm Ricardo.  

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