If the Aston Martin Valkyrie had been revealed in July 2016 for the first time, many secrets have been jealously kept by the British Brand and its project partners.
Indeed, firstly presented as AM-RB 001, the project has been developed by Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing and we have finally more details about exterior and interior design.
For an extraordinary car like the Valkyrie the aerodynamic is its first preocupation. To get that without spoiling the purity of the styling, the designers have drawn huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser.
The teardrop-shaped cockpit’s upper body surfaces and lower tub contours follow the envelope of space available between the huge full length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor.
To maximise interior space the seats are mounted directly to the tub, with occupants adopting a reclined ‘feet-up’ position reminiscent of today’s Formula One and Le Mans Prototype race cars, ensuring driver and passenger are extremely safe, perfectly supported and feel completely at one with the car. A four-point harness comes as standard, while an optional six-point harness will be offered for those who intend to do more track driving.
The Aston Martin Design team were keen to keep distractions to a minimum and focus the driver on the road ahead. To this end all switchgear is located on the steering wheel, with all the vital signs shown on a single OLED display screen. The steering wheel is also detachable, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an additional security device.