2023 ASTON MARTIN VALHALLA GT1
Built in response to increased interest in formalising track only hypercar racing, Aston Martin’s Valhalla GT1 runs against the likes of the McLaren Senna GTR, Ferrari FXXK Evo and Lamborghini SCV12. The class has gained serious traction among fans who wished to see actual hypercars thrown about on track. The perfect antidote to WEC’s super serious manufacturer Hypercar class, the privateer series was colourful, action-packed and most importantly, the cars do look like road cars. An often-forgotten element of top-tier motorsport is some form of brand identification. LMP1 and F1 cars have nothing in common with a marque’s lineup, and the new GT1 remedies that.
Without the hampering regulations that muzzle WEC’s Hypercars, the Valhalla is able to properly utilise its ferocious hybrid powertrain. With 760bhp and 600 lb-ft of torque available from a Mercedes-built 4.0 twin-turbo V8 and an additional 200bhp courtesy of two electric motors, the Valhalla GT1 is a serious piece of machinery. ICE power is put to the rear wheels via a bespoke Graziano 8-speed dual-clutch, while the electric motor up front powers the front axle.
A 1460kg race weight sounds decidedly portly compared to contemporary GT3 cars, but packing advanced hybrid tech, extreme aero, and twice the horsepower of their GT3 siblings, the GT1 cars are so much faster. Sharing more of its design ethos with the Valhalla concept car than the production version, the GT1 car is a baby Valkyrie. Extreme engineering with a carbon core and inboard pushrod suspension guarantees phenomenal damping, surface management and safety. The extreme bodywork provides immense downforce through a myriad of aerodynamic aids, while the car’s slippery shape allows for a top speed of just over 200mph.
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