The Valkyrie Spider, marketed as one of the world’s most extreme hypercars, was unveiled August 11 by Aston Martin at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey Auto Week.
With off-roof driving and described by the manufacturer as “the most comparable experience to that of an F-1 car not limited to the track,” the Valkyrie Spider will feature a 6.5-liter V12 with revving to more than 11,000 RPM.
While the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s unique 1155PS hybrid V12 powertrain remains unchanged, the Valkyrie Spider has received revisions to its carbon-fiber structure.
Plus, Aston Martin has announced a “precise recalibration of both the active aerodynamic and active chassis systems.”
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With its ultra-lightweight construction and high downforce aerodynamics package, the upper body surfaces of the teardrop-shaped cockpit and lower tub contours follow the envelope of space available between the huge full-length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor.
Drawing huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, these tunnels are the key to generating Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider’s extraordinary levels of downforce, while keeping the upper body surfaces free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the open-top styling.
Capable of achieving a vMAX of 330km/h+ with the roof removed (350km/h+ with the roof on), it’s the fastest and most extreme open-top, road-legal Aston Martin ever built.
Delivering LMP1 levels of performance, Valkyrie Spider is simulated to set impressive lap times, not normally achievable in a road-going car.
The same driver-focused cabin sits at the heart of Valkyrie Spider. F1-inspired low hip-to-heel height and near-central seat positioning, along with a 6-point safety harness to keep the occupants safely in the car. A center rear-view camera system along with front and rear parking sensors will aid the driver at both high and low speeds, with displays sitting just above the Instrument Panel.
The Valkyrie Spider features a bespoke, removable lightweight roof comprising of a carbon fiber central panel, latching onto the tub at the rear and to the windscreen surround at the front, along with a pair of polycarbonate roof windows, hinged on either side.
Upon opening the doors, the roof lifts off for stowing. Modifications to the carbon-fiber tub have been made to support the removable roof panels and the open-top layout as well as new doors. The now front-hinged dihedral doors, unique to Valkyrie Spider, have been redesigned to tilt forward.
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the product of incredible innovation and technology, but above all it has always been about emotion,” said Tobias Moers, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer. “With the Valkyrie Spider, we are taking that passion and emotion to the next level. The driving experience promises to be truly sensational.
The 85 examples of the Valkyrie Spider “are over subscribed,” according to Aston Martin. Allocations are pending, with the vehicle available in both left and right-hand drive derivatives. First deliveries are scheduled for 2022.
Article Last Updated: July 27, 2023.
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