Aston Martin Unveils The Valkyrie Spider At Pebble Beach
Hypercar performance now comes with the wind in your hair.
Pulling the wraps off its latest variant of the obscenely fast hypercar, Aston Martin unveiled its new Valkyrie Spider. As part of its continued program with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and renowned Red Bull Racing designer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin showed off a roof-off edition of its epic luxury hypercar. A damn fine way to celebrate the British marque's 70th year of business in America.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers and Executive Chair Lawrence Stroll were on hand to introduce the world to the this new open-air machine. Boasting F1-inspired aerodynamics and performance calibrated to excel around an F1 track or along your favorite winding road, Aston Martin's new Valkyrie Spider will end up in the hands of just 85 lucky drivers in 2022.
Under that sculpted carbon fiber engine cover is Aston Martin Valkyrie’s unique 1000+ horsepower hybrid V12 powertrain. To accommodate the roofless desigh, the Valkyrie Spider has had significant updates to its carbon fibre structure, with revisions to its active aero and active chassis systems, to allow supreme driving experiences whether you have the top on or off.
It may look the business, but this Newey-designed body is made to stick to the pavement at a ludicrous pace. Super-light construction underneath is met with a teardrop-shaped cockpit and lower tub curves that neatly flow into the Venturi tunnels along the Valkyrie's flanks, which help suck all the air into the Aston's diffuser to increase downforce when you're approaching a top speed of 205 MPH. That figure makes the Valkyrie Spider the fastest and most extreme open-top, road-legal Aston Martin ever built.
Aston Martin fits a bespoke, removable lightweight roof comprising of a carbon fiber central panel that latches onto the Valkyrie's tub from the windscreen surround to the rear of the cockpit, and is flanked by a pair of polycarbonate roof windows that are hinged on each side of the car. A quick opening of the the now front-hinged dihedral doors (unique the the Valkyrie Spider, which now open forward), and the roof is quickly pulled off and stashed away. A driver-focused cockpit sports near-central seat positioning, along with a 6-point safety harnesses.
From the boss: Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers: “The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the product of incredible innovation and technology, but above all it has always been about emotion. With the Valkyrie Spider we are taking that passion and emotion to the next level. The driving experience promises to be truly sensational. The sound of that 6.5-litre V12 engine revving to over 11,000rpm with the roof removed is something I cannot wait to hear.”
And the chief designer: Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey: “Right from the very beginning of the Aston Martin Valkyrie project we were driven by exacting targets that went way beyond any previous road car and the Valkyrie Spider brings that same ethos to the open cockpit hypercar category. What you see is a simple removable roof panel, but the challenge of remaining true to the Valkyrie concept was anything but. Maintaining aerodynamic performance with the roof removed was of paramount importance, likewise keeping any unavoidable weight gains to an absolute minimum whilst maximising enjoyment for the driver.”
While we have to wait a little bit longer to see the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider on the road and ripping around racetracks, I'm happy to share a ton of the pictures I captured during the unveiling today.