On Saturday, ahead of the Formula One 2019 British Grand Prix, Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies organized the first public run of their ultimate road-going hypercar.
The Valkyrie appeared on the track at Silverstone, dressed in a Red Bull-inspired dark blue and bright red livery, and threw the crowd into rapture.
This is the first-ever public run of the car and although it didn’t run at full speed, it’s a historic moment for Aston Martin and Red Bull.
Aston Martin’s high-performance driver Chris Goodwin sat behind the wheel. Here’s what he said about the car:
“I’ve driven this car around Silverstone for countless hours on the simulator at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s HQ and in many other sportscars throughout my career, but to drive Aston Martin Valkyrie here today feels exceptionally special… today has brought a real smile to my face and I hope that the crowds watching from the stands enjoyed it as much as I did.”
From here on, the Valkyrie will begin a series of physical tests, putting it to its limit before Aston Martin begins series production. All 150 planned units are already purchased and the first of them will be delivered to their owners before the end of the year.
The Valkyrie really takes Aston Martin to a new level, asserting firm dominance over the British hypercar market. The halo car gave birth to a whole line-up of mid-engined hypercars.
- Aston Martin Valhalla, codenamed AM-RB 003 – the more tame version of the Valkyrie, trading some performance for usability.
- Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept – supposedly the entry-level vehicle in the mid-engine lineup, which we’ll see on a later stage.
- Last but not least, there is the Valkyrie AMR Pro – the track-only version of the Valkyrie.
And, of course, we’ll be waiting for more details on the Valkyrie Le Mans racer, which Aston Marting announced for the upcoming hypercar class at the most prestigious endurance race in the world.
Truly exciting times!