Aston Martin's Valkyrie hypercar debuts at Silverstone

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  • Aston Martin Valkyrie showcased dynamically ahead of 2019 British GP
  • High performance test driver Chris Goodwin completes lap of Silverstone
  • Verification Prototype 1 now set to begin extensive physical testing regime

British sports car maker Aston Martin debuted its Valkyrie in front of an enthusiastic crowd ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.

The 150 road-going Valkyries are sold out, with first deliveries commencing in Q4 2019.

Piloted by test driver Chris Goodwin, the 865kW machine, took to Silverstone’s world-famous Grand Prix circuit for its first public demonstration run. With the focus not on outright lap time, today’s showcase offers a glimpse of what is to come from this extraordinary hypercar.

Following months of digital modelling and simulation work alongside both Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ engineers, Sunday's drive becomes one of the first times that the Valkyrie has been driven in the physical world. 

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Aston Martin Valkyrie, the world’s most extreme road car and platform for a future FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) challenger, is the combined vision of Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.

It was created as a result of a technical and strategic collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.

After the lap, Goodwin said: "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.

Of course, we still have a lot of development work to go but we can now begin to really push the physical testing process and realise the capabilities of what we have developed over the past months. Putting that aside, 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.”


NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: during final pract

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