Aston Martin Unleashes the Valkyrie Spider
Aston Martin took the wraps off the new Valkyrie Spider at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, hinting at a thrilling next-step in the progression of the Aston Martin Valkyrie bloodline.
While the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s unique 1155PS hybrid V12 powertrain remains unchanged, the Valkyrie Spider has received revisions to its carbon fibre structure, plus precise recalibration of both the active aerodynamic and active chassis systems.
By following the same exacting Valkyrie ethos, and with just a marginal weight difference to the Coupe, the Valkyrie Spider remains a quintessential package of efficient and lightweight solutions.
Capable of hitting 330km/h
Capable of achieving 330km/h+ with the roof removed (350km/h+ with roof on), it is 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 keep the occupants safely in the car.
A centre 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.
Bespoke removable roof
The Valkyrie Spider also features a bespoke, removable lightweight roof comprising of a carbon fibre 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.
On opening the doors, the roof can simply be lifted off and stowed away. Modifications to the carbon fibre tub have been made to support the removable roof panels and the luxury open-top layout, as well as new doors.
The now front-hinged dihedral doors, which are unique to Valkyrie Spider, have been redesigned to tilt forwards.
Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey said, “Right from the very beginning of the Aston Martin Valkyrie project we were driven by exacting targets that went way beyond any previous road car and the Valkyrie Spider brings that same ethos to the open cockpit hypercar category.
Aerodynamics are everything
“What you see is a simple removable roof panel, but the challenge of remaining true to the Valkyrie concept was anything but. Maintaining aerodynamic performance with the roof removed was of paramount importance, likewise keeping any unavoidable weight gains to an absolute minimum whilst maximising enjoyment for the driver.”
Following unprecedented demand, all 85 examples of the Valkyrie Spider have been taken, and allocations will begin shortly, available in both left and right-hand drive derivatives, with first deliveries scheduled for H2 2022.
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