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Aston Martin Valkyrie Debuts Ahead of British Grand Prix

By Paul Joseph

The eagerly awaited Aston Martin Valkyrie supercar has broken cover after making its public UK debut in front of crowds at the Silverstone race track ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.

Piloted by Aston Martin High Performance Test Driver Chris Goodwin, the car took to Silverstone’s world-famous 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, the drive was one of the first times that the Valkyrie has been driven in real conditions.

Billed as the world’s most extreme road car and platform for a future FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) challenger, the Valkyrie 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 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, added, “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."

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

By Paul Joseph