Seldom has there been a more drawn-out teaser campaign than for Aston Martin's new Valkyrie, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001.
After being announced 18 months ago as a collaboration between the British automaker and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, details about the British hypercar have trickled out like chocolate treats at a health spa. But the 150 people who will be fortunate enough to own what is hyped to be the world's ultimate road-legal sportscar are assured that what they see here is more or less what they'll get when deliveries start in 2019.
Aston Martin's Creative Director of Exterior Design, Miles Nurnberger, says the F1-inspired exterior is 95 percent ready. The two companies have been working on maximising aerodynamics while maintaining a desirable shape, and the carbon-fibre car showcases aerodynamic technology considered too radical for restrictive F1 rules.
Red Bull Racing aerodynamicist Adrian Newey shaped the underbody to draw as much air as possible over the carbon fibre diffuser through twin venturi tunnels. This ensures extraordinary levels of downforce while keeping the upper body free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the styling.
With its estimated body weight of just over 1000kg and a reputed 1 800 kg of downforce, the Valkyrie could theoretically drive upside-down through a tunnel - a god-like feat to go with its god-inspired name. Valkyrie is named after the 'choosers of the slain' in Norse Mythology: female figures who flew over the battlefield deciding who should live and who should die.