Welcome to the hypercar – Aston Martin Valkyrie makes track debut at Silverstone

Pictured: Aston Martin unveiled, l-r: Helmut Marko, Andy Palmer, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, Marek Reichman, David King
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Aston Martin Valkyrie broke cover after making its public debut in front of an enthusiastic crowd ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.

Piloted by Aston Martin High Performance Test Driver Chris Goodwin, the 1,160bhp machine took to Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit for its first public demonstration run.

Following months of digital modelling and simulation work alongside both Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ engineers, today’s drive becomes one of the first times that Aston Martin Valkyrie has been driven in the physical world – a testimony to the technological capability of the team’s cutting-edge development techniques.

The Valkyrie is assembled at the company’s HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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 Aston Martin 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.

Chris Goodwin said on completing the lap: “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 sports cars throughout my career, but to drive Aston Martin Valkyrie here today feels exceptionally special.

“We still have a lot of development work to go but we can now begin to push the physical testing process and realise the capabilities of what we have developed over the past months.”

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO said: “Today is a real milestone in not only Aston Martin’s history but for our industry as a whole.

“Aston Martin Valkyrie continues to redefine what you and I recognise as a hypercar, possessing unrivalled levels of performance in a package that is technologically beyond anything else.”

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer said: “We have created a truly unique, beautiful rear mid-engined hypercar in Aston Martin Valkyrie that represents the ultimate fusion of art and technology. I am incredibly proud of everybody at Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, said: “This moment is the result of a magnificent collaboration of design and development between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin. The initial vision was to build a hypercar that would deliver the best in technological advancement and high performance and, together, we have achieved this.”

Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, said: “To finally see Aston Martin Valkyrie running five years from when I first sat down and started sketching what this car could look like is quite an emotional day.”

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