IT looks like Aston Martin have dumped James Bond for Batman.
This is the official “almost 95 per cent” production ready Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.
Incredibly in these new pictures the final Valkyrie looks even more Hollywood sci-fi Batmobile outrageous than the concept.
Normally concept cars revealed at motor shows have all the glitz and glamour to grab attention only for finances to make them far more conservative when they go into production.
But not this Valkyrie. It’s entirely the opposite. It’s even wilder.
Valkyrie is being developed in a collaboration between the legendary car firm and Red Bull Racing Formula One.
Red Bull Racing’s F1 influence is immediately apparent in some of the design choices of the car but still retains typical Aston Martin luxury.
The front end has F1 characteristics woven in to its DNA. Its shape, profile and racing background is reflected through the car’s design and the immense power under its bonnet.
Aston Martin’s reveal of the hypercar late on Tuesday indicates a near production ready version of the Valkyrie which will go on sale and be road legal.
It was first revealed in July 2016 but has been extensively upgraded since it was first unveiled.
The car’s interior features a teardrop shaped cockpit with which follow the envelope of space between the huge full length Venturi tunnels that ring either side of the cockpit floor.
These tunnels are key to creating downforce as they draw huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser.
Matt Hill, Aston Martin Creative Director of Interiors said of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s cockpit design: “It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work.
“We’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and approached from a different angle than conventional road car design.
“In this instance, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible and work at it until you find a way to make it work.
“We’ve been fighting for millimetres everywhere, but the battle has been worth it, as it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size.
“They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sat behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them.
“You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.”
Powering the Valkyrie is a mid-mounted 6.5-litre V12 engine which works in conjunction with a KERS-style hybrid system.
The V12 is expected to produce 1,000bhp on its own and the hybrid system produces a addciaiotnal 130bhp.
Aston Martin design team have gone to meticulous lengths to save weight and make the hypercard as light as possible.
For example the car’s badge 99.4 per cent lighter than the standard badge and is 30 per cent thinner than a human hair.
The car’s formula one headlamps are also directly inspired by Formula One and are 30 to 0 per cent lighter than any other headlamps Aston have ever produced.
Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design, Miles Nurnberger, said of the Aston martin Valkyrie’s design evolution: “I would say we’re around 95 per cent of the way there with the exterior design.
“Much of what you see is actually the structure of the car, so this had to be signed-off relatively early in the project. The remaining areas of non-structural bodywork are still subject to evolution and change as Adrian (Newey) continues to explore way of finding more downforce. The new outlets in the body are a case in point.
“Ordinarily the last thing we’d want to do to one of our surfaces is cut a hole in it, but these vents work the front wings so much harder that they’ve found a significant gain in front downforce.
“The fact that they are so effective gives them their own functional beauty, but we’ve finessed them without impacting on their functionality. That they also serve as windows through which to view the fabulous wing section front wishbones is a welcome bonus!”
We can’t wait to drive it. It’ll go like a Bat out of hell.