Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer promised that the Valkyrie hypercar would "lap Silverstone as fast as an F1 car." But that requires unprecedented levels of downforce if this road car has to fulfil his promise.
According to designers inside the Aston's Gaydon top-secret design centre at Gaydon, the car's exterior design is now "about 95 percent". Reports say that Gaydon has already suggested the Valkyrie will generate up to 4000lb (1816kg) of downforce at top speed.
Adrian Newey, the chief technical officer of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, who is designing the Valkyrie, is still finding ways of enhancing its aerodynamic downforce including details such as headlights, stoplights, scoops and badges.
The British marque has unveiled the near-production version of the Valkyrie hypercar with new interior details and some body modifications.
Notably, Aston has increased the downforce and boosted the aerodynamic profile of the car with new vents just ahead of the doors to aid front-end downforce. On top of the car, there is a prominent air scoop that was not seen on the old concept. The wheels now feature full covers, apparently for additional aerodynamic enhancements.
Other noticeable changes include head and taillights, also part of extreme weight saving measures. Additionally, Aston felt the badge was too heavy, and a sticker wasn't quality enough. Hence, they laser-etched a badge made of aluminium that's just 70 microns thick.
The updated Valkyrie has a fully finished interior with steering wheel, seats, and instrumentation. The seats are bolted straight to the floor, and passengers sit reclined with their feet slightly raised, which the company says is like in F1 and Le Mans prototype race cars.
The steering wheel features every single control, along with a centre display, which is detachable. All of the relevant driving information will be displayed on the wheel screen as well as a centre screen on the dashboard.
Aston Martin says that there will be more tweaks to the Valkyrie in the coming future to reiterate its prowess as a road car which can perform as an F1 car.
Aston Martin is yet to reveal the specifications of the Valkyrie; however, we feel the Valkyrie will be one among hypercars which will set benchmarks as one of the fastest road-going cars in the automobile industry.