The Aston Martin Valkyrie made its first public on-track appearance this morning at Silverstone in from of the crowds for the British Grand Prix. Piloted by Aston Martin High-Performance Test Driver Chris Goodwin took the 1160bhp Valkyrie around the Grand Prix circuit for a single parade lap.
Designed by Adrian Newey ✅
Track debut at the 2019 British Grand Prix ✅
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It was created as a result of a technical and strategic collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.
The Valkyrie is also set to be the basis for the 20-20/21 ‘Hyprecsr’ challenger in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Chris Goodwin: “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.”
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO: “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.
“While Chris’ demonstration today was not delivered at full speed, there is no doubt in my mind that we will one day return to deliver its full potential around this magnificent circuit.”
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer: “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 to have the Aston Martin Valkyrie run for the first time in public at the British Grand Prix.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal Aston Martin Red Bull Racing: “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. This first public running is just the beginning of a remarkable story for Aston Martin Valkyrie.”
Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing: “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.
“With the change in visual angle as it comes past and the noise, it is now doing what it is supposed to be doing which is to move and be dynamic.
“It has been an enormous push for the team to get it running here today at the home of British motorsport so this is also a special moment for them.”
The 150 road-going Aston Martin Valkyries are sold out, with first deliveries commencing in Q4 2019.
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