The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar is sort of right here, and when it arrives, legend has it that it’s going to take each the road and monitor world by storm. Following an announcement that the Valkyrie will race at subsequent 12 months’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston stated that its upcoming Components 1-derived hypercar will even try to set a brand new lap document on the Nürburgring.
Talking to Australian automotive information web site CarSales.com on the 24 Hours of Le Mans final week, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer stated that he is eyeing a quick lap time on the Nürburgring, presumably even the road-legal lap document. This document is presently held by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR, which scored a time of 6:40.33 on the ‘Ring final November. Even with its F1-sourced aerodynamics and 1,140-horsepower V-12, the Valkyrie appears hard-pressed to beat the general document of 5:19.55 set by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, due to how Aston plans to set a time.
“We already know it is going to be f***ing fast there,” Palmer reportedly stated. “I am considering possibly we’ll do one thing cool—like turning as much as an open session, one thing loopy like that.”
As an alternative of renting out the Nordschleife for just a few days like most producers do, one thing that prices some huge cash and sources, Palmer hinted that the Valkyrie would run some scorching laps throughout a vacationer day, the place drivers of all talent ranges will pay to drive their vehicles on the grueling 16.12-mile circuit. This may increasingly show particularly difficult for Aston’s ambitions as a result of all contributors can solely drive one lap earlier than coming again into the paddock. Moreover, coming into and exiting the monitor is completed on the lengthy straight close to the end line, which means that the Valkyrie would wish to make up on a regular basis spent pitting and rejoining the monitor within the corners, dodging ‘Ring taxis and novice monitor drivers all of the whereas. Loopy certainly, Mr. Palmer.
The boss man did stress that the Valkyrie wasn’t developed with the Nürburgring in thoughts, so Aston does not have sources it desires to waste on extra (and expensive) monitor growth on the Nürburgring. When requested if a ‘Ring time was value it, Palmer defined: “I might actually like to say ‘no,’ most often a Nurburgring lap is just not essential. Nevertheless, in some markets, I am considering China unusually, a time across the Nurburgring is essential to the prowess of a supercar.”
He additionally talked about that the Valkyrie would strive for a document on the Silverstone Circuit in England and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium sooner or later.
If it does occur, do not count on this document to fall anytime quickly. The Valkyrie hasn’t even completed manufacturing but, so a lap document is on the backside of Aston’s agenda in the meanwhile. The British marque plans to construct simply 150 Valkyries at $three.2 million a pop. In an e-mail to The Drive, Aston Martin confirmed that the primary Valkyries might be delivered to prospects on the finish of the 12 months.