It’s finally happening. The first customer-bound 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie hybrid hypercar has been produced, with deliveries expected in the coming weeks.
Produced at the automaker’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK, there are going to be 150 hand-built examples of the Valkyrie.
Each Valkyrie takes over 2000 man hours to create, according to Aston Martin.
Before each Valkyrie is delivered, the vehicle is track-tested using the company’s specialised high-performance facility at Silverstone where the majority of its development took place.
It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine developed by Cosworth mated with a hybrid boost system developed by Integral Powertrain Ltd and Rimac.
It has a combined peak power of 865kW of power and 900Nm of torque, along with a stratospheric redline of 11,100rpm.
The Valkyrie is rear-wheel drive and has a seven-speed paddle shift transmission.
The hypercar has been in development for a number of years now in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) and AF Racing using concepts and technologies taken directly from Formula 1.
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie programme has tested everyone who has worked on it to the limit but the commitment to the dream has produced a truly incredible car, an F1 car for the road,” said Tobias Moers, Aston Martin CEO.
“The Valkyrie is born out of the steadfast dedication of a large group of highly skilled engineers and technicians who have worked tirelessly to get Valkyrie to the production stage. I’m sure our customers will be delighted with what they have achieved.”
There’s also going to be a convertible version in the form of the Valkyrie Spider.
Just 85 of these convertible models will be built, with deliveries set to begin in the second half of 2022.
Compared to the coupe, the Spider has a revised carbon fibre body structure, with adjusted adaptive aerodynamics and chassis system to work in the absence of a roof.
There’s apparently 1400kg of downforce at 240km/h in the Spider’s most aggressive mode with the roof down, although you won’t be able to reach its top speed of 350km/h with the top dropped.
The fastest you can go while driving alfresco is 330km/h.
Aston Martin has revealed a hotter, Le Mans-inspired Valkyrie in the form of the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
This model has been put on a crash diet with the hybrid system deleted, lightweight carbon fibre bodywork, carbon suspension, and a perspex windscreen and windows.
The AMR Pro uses a unique version of the Valkyrie chassis, with a 380mm longer wheelbase, with a 96mm wide front track and a 116mm wide rear track.
An additional aerodynamics package adds 266mm in length with Aston Martin claiming the AMR Pro will generate twice the downforce of the road car.
All Valkyrie AMR Pro models will be left-hand drive with 40 production cars built.