The Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar

July 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar was first showcased in July 2016. Since then, Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing have been working hard to further develop the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics along with the cars body styling and cockpit.

 

The cockpit has been modelled in the shape of a teardrop with the upper body surfaces and the lower tub contours following the space available between the huge full length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor. The tunnels draw large volumes of air beneath the supercar to supply the rear diffuser. These tunnels are crucial to generating the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s remarkable levels of downforce while keeping the upper body surfaces free from extra aerodynamic apparatus that would tarnish the beauty of the styling.

 

 

To make the most of the internal area the seats are fixed directly to the tub, with occupants taking up a reclined ‘feet-up’ position more in line with today’s Formula One and Le Mans Prototype race cars. This enables both driver and passenger are kept extremely safe, well supported and perhaps even a part of the car itself. Passengers are supplied with a four-point harness; for those who intend to do more track driving an optional six-point harness will be available.

 

Keeping things simple the switchgear is positioned on the steering wheel which is detachable which helps with getting in and out of the cockpit! It also serves as an additional security device.

 

The glasshouse design has been designed with due care and attention to ensure forward and peripheral side-to-side vision is all but uninterrupted. Located in the flanks, traditional door mirrors have been replaced by discreetly mounted rear facing cameras to avoid any unwanted aerodynamic disturbance or stylistic ‘clutter’. Images are sent to two displays which are located at the bottom of each A-post to replicate the view normally supplied by traditional door mirrors. There is no rear view miroor because there is no rear window!  This is because of the all-enveloping bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intake.

 

Creative Director of Interiors at Aston, Martin Matt Hill commented about 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.”  

 

Aaerodynamics and downforce are the main focus of the new Aston Martin Valkyrie yet there are some striking details that should not be overlooked. The headlights, for example are inspired by the pure functionality of a Formula One car’s components. This pairing back to the essentials is to celebrate pure engineering. The supercars headlamp units are a work of art, 30-40 per cent lighter than the lightest series production headlamps available to Aston Martin with low and high beam elements attached to a complex anodised aluminium frame.

 

To keep true to the cutting edge sleek design, the regular Aston Martin Badge has been replaced with a chemical etched aluminium badge, named ‘lacewing’, which is just 70 microns thick. That’s 30 per cent thinner than a single human hair, and an astonishing 99.4 per cent lighter than the original enamel wings badge!

 

Design innovation follows through to the rear end of the car, with the centre high mounted stop light (CHMSL) which is positioned tip of the small shark’s fin that runs down the centre of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s air box and rear bodywork. Illuminated by a red LED it is the world’s smallest CHMSL and proof of how every aspect of the Aston Martin Valkyrie is analysed to help reduce unnecessary weight and drag.

 

Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Creative Director of Exterior Design, said about the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s design changes: “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!”

Boys with (very expensive) toys

July 4th, 2017 No Comments

Never let it be said that Aston Martin don’t have a sense of humour. To celebrate their new factory at St Athan in Wales, which will start production in 2019, the marque has released a special – and we think utterly fantastic – video.

 

In the seven minute clip, two Aston Martin racing drivers and one chief engineer sneak into the new premises to play with the £65 million worth of cars they find conveniently unattended. By play, incidentally, we mean go as fast as possible and do more donuts than a Krispy Kreme concession.

 

The video is, unsurprisingly, huge fun to watch, not to mention a chance to see the Aston Martin range in all its glory. Featuring everything from the tiny Cygnet to the One-77 and the Aston Martin Vulcan, the film reminds us of just how many stunning cars the marque has produced in its 104 years of history.

 

Oh, and in case that’s not impressive enough, the company also roped in its CEO, Andy Palmer, and three international Welsh Rugby players to star in the video!

 

Aston took over the St Athan facility from the MOD earlier this year and are converting it into their second UK plant. Creating more than 750 jobs, the site will be responsible for production of the Aston Martin SUV: the DBX.

 

Watch the brilliant video below.

Aston Martin Shines at the Shanghai Auto Show

May 30th, 2013 No Comments

Aston Martin took all of its stellar car models to one of the most important shows of the year, the Shanghai Auto Show. The brand was there to launch the Rapide S, the luxury 4-door GT sports car. The Shanghai Auto Show has become one of the most important events in the automotive calendar because of the rise of super economies of Asia such as China, Singapore and Japan. The appetite for Aston Martin can be seen through last year’s sales figures: 200 units were sold in China in 2012 alone. Since the private equity investment from Investindustrial, Aston Martin has ramped up efforts to promote its new models and the Rapide S is an excellent example of this.

 

The Rapide S

This GT sports car is part of the re-engineering of Aston Martin. As a new chapter begins with new investment, the Rapide S signals the hi-tech world of sports car driving that is thoroughly achieved with this 4-door option. The full grille of the Rapide S is one of the first details of the car that industry insiders at the Shanghai Auto Show experienced. Coupled with 6.0 litre V12 engine, the Rapide S works hard for enthusiasts and drivers to see that it is a true GT sports car. This fierce core powers the Rapide S to incredible feats such as peak torque surging to 620 Nm at 5,000 rpm.

 

 

 

The Rapide S is built with Vertical Horizontal technology (VH) which was visible from the strength and power that the industry could see when the car was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show. The Rapide S is seen by industry experts as Aston Martin’s relaunch in China. China has turned out to be a goldmine for other luxury marques such as Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. Aston Martin is trying to get in on the act with the Rapide S. The reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show also announced that pricing for the Rapide S in China would be from 3.5m RMB (£362,000). Dr Ulrich Bez, the CEO of Aston Martin said: “Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance. The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today.”

 

The Centenary edition Rapide S also made its grand début into the Chinese market at the motor show with some breathtaking accents for its lucky owners such as soft black leather upholstery and solid sterling silver sill plaques.

 

The Aston Martin range

The auto show was not only about the Rapide S. The GT Vanquish, the DB9 and the V8 Vantage also had their time in the spotlight for the Chinese industry to have a look at. This new Vanquish was said to be inspired by the iconic One-77 supercar while maintaining its own distinct identity. The DB9 features some innovative technology as seen the rear boot ‘flip’ that makes the car even more aerodynamic than before.  The V8 Vantage stands out with its near flawless weight distribution of 49:51 and its dry-sump lubrication for the all important engine. The Shanghai Auto Show was an important exhibition to get just right for Aston Martin. From the rapturous reception for the Rapide S to the glossy V8 Vantage display, Aston Martin is going from strength to strength.

 

Aston Martin tours with the classics for its 100 year anniversary

May 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Turning 100 years old is not something that many people can achieve. However, Aston Martin is making sure that 2013 is the year that no one can forget that the marque turned 100 years old in style. As part of the tour, the new Vanquish will be presented alongside jewels such as the DB5 and the A3, the oldest Aston Martin that is currently in existence in the world. The contrast of old and new will make the tour bubble with anticipation from dealers and people who see the tour. The tour is planning to go to selected dealerships across Europe.

 

 

The three Aston Martins will tour around 19 dealerships in around 8 countries in Europe. They will be unveiled at showrooms and there will also be exclusive customer events where they can be seen. Seeing the vintage beauty of the A3 alongside the razor-sharp technology of the Vanquish is going to please many fans of the brand. The tour is officially called the ‘100 Years of Aston Martin’. Jeffrey Scott, the managing director of Aston Martin Lagonda said that this tour will be a true historical highlight for Aston Martin enthusiasts across Europe. The tour starts in Cologne, Germany and it will finish on the 13th June 2013 in Paris, France. Other cities that will welcome the A3, DB5 and the Vanquish include  Stuttgart on the 23rd May 2013 and Monaco on the 6th June 2013.

 

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Unique Bertone Jet Shows up at Bonhams

May 20th, 2013 No Comments

Bonhams are an auction house that is known for diversity in the types of pieces that come under the gavel. This time, a slice of vintage automotive style is up for grabs at the esteemed auction house. Considering that this is the year of the Aston Martin centenary, it’s fitting that the auctioneers are putting the unique Bertone Jet on the block. This Bertone Jet is called the DB4GT which pays homage to one of the key figures in Aston Martin’s history, David Brown by signalling his initials.

 

 

The roots of the Bertone Jet
This Jet finds its beginnings from the DB4GT which was manufactured in 1960 at the turn of the decade. The first Jet débuted at Geneva and this latest Bertone offering was at the motor show in Switzerland as well. Originally part of a collection, the car is up for auction for the first time in the quarter of a century as the previous owner passed away. Experts think that the car should fetch around £3.2m.

 

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Victory Reigns for Aston Martin at Silverstone

May 15th, 2013 No Comments

As the classic American saying goes, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Who knows if this is what the Aston Martin team were thinking when they stepped onto the podium to celebrate their victory at Silverstone. The team achieved a double victory at the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Six Hours of Silverstone.

 

 

The #97 Vantage GTE with a V8 was helmed by Darren Turner, Bruno Senna and Stefan Mücke in the GT Pro category where the team finished first. Another win was seen in the GT Am class. In Northamptonshire, Aston Martin also cleaned up well with Pedro Lamy, Frédéric Makowiecki and Paul Dalla Lana as they drove the #99 to be in third place.

 

The team was clearly delighted with how they performed. Darren Turner, part of the trio who made first place said: “That was an amazing result! We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Stefan, Bruno and myself all pushed hard throughout what was, at times, a difficult race. However, the car was prepared perfectly with a lot of hard work and the result is a great reward for everything.” Bruno Senna was also approached for comment and he said it was great to join Aston Martin Racing and be in pole position.

 

The team principal at Aston Martin Racing, John Gaw said that the outcome was much better than what the team was expecting. This highlights AMR’s focus on focusing hard on the win and delivering the goods when it really mattered. The jewel of the double victory was of course the #97 Vantage GTE with its rock-solid bonded aluminium structure. The team will be hoping for continued success as the championship resumes in May 2013 at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

 

Aston Martin had a busy season in Belgium

May 10th, 2013 No Comments

Belgium is a country known for its luxury chocolate and jewellery industries. The bejewelled country welcomed Aston Martin to its borders for the Belgian BRCC Championship last month. The car was also at the Spa 24 Hours race in the country. Drivers of the Vantage GT3 include Damien Dupont, Bert Redant, and Tim Verbergt.

 


What the race in Belgium is all about

The BRCC is one of the most popular championships in Belgium. It is driven by endurance because there are 6 races that are 3 hours each. Drivers who took part of the BRCC championship include Pierre Grivegnée and Michael Schmetz. The racers had the option of getting behind the wheels of the Vantage GT3 and the Aston DBRS9. Bert Redant, the new driver as part of the Aston Martin Brussels team said: “I am extremely happy to be part of this magnificent team. Already the fabulous name of Aston Martin appeals to everybody’s imagination.”

 

The opening round of the race was at Zolder while other rounds of the championship took place at the GT Open and the Spa 24 Hours.

The new Aston Martin Hydrogen Rapide S

May 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Aston Martin’s illustrious foray into supercars continues with the reveal of more details about the hybrid hydrogen Rapide S. Anything hybrid seems to be a hot topic in the car industry at the moment but with Aston Martin, it’s more than just talk. The marque intends to race the hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S at Nurburgring 24 Hour race next month. It is going to be the first hydrogen powered car that is scheduled to compete on the worldwide stage.

 

 

Now, we know that Aston Martin is known for its smooth cars immortalised by James Bond but this model proves that the marque is beefing up its presence in motorsport. This car is set to be the first ever zero C02 emissions that will be raced. The marque worked with Alset Global, one of the world’s leading experts in using hydrogen.

 

Just because the car is a hybrid doesn’t mean that the engine won’t roar on the race track. It has a prototype 6.0 litre V12 engine that is guaranteed to do as well on the track as Aston Martin wants it to. We just have to wait to see the wheels in motion with this new hybrid hydrogen Aston Martin.

 

Aston Martin qualifies at Sebring

April 30th, 2013 No Comments

Aston Martin Racing is having a good season so far with solid performances at Sebring. Aston Martin Racing’s Vantage GTE (#97) qualified in third place at its début at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The race itself has roots in the 1950s and even in 2013, Aston Martin is proving its dominance so far. The third place success was done in 0.2 seconds of winning the lap. The qualifying session for the race was extremely competitive however Aston Martin Racing star driver Stefan Mücke from Germany achieved his fastest lap of the week, finishing with 1:58.990.

 

 

Another member of the racing team, Pedro Lamy, also did well by setting the time of 1:59.208 in the #007 Vantage GTE which finished fourth in the GT class. John Gaw, team principal of Aston Martin Racing said that Pedro Lamy was outstanding by qualifying a second faster than the previous year for the same car. Sebring is being used by Aston Martin Racing as a launchpad to test out any issues in preparation for other races such as the FIA World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans season race. In the latter race, Aston Martin Racing will field Darren Turner from the UK, Stefan Mücke of Germany and Bruno Senna of Brazil, who is the nephew of legendary racing icon, Ayrton Senna for the #97 car. The #007 car will be manned by Billy Johnson of the US, Pedro Lamy of Portugal and Paul Dalla Lana of Colombia.

 

 

A V12 Vantage for 007

April 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Aston Martin has always been part of James Bond’s heritage and it looks like life has imitated art in the case of James Bond actor, Daniel Craig. Pictures have surfaced of Daniel Craig taking a delivery of a brand new V12 Vanquish Roadster in a luxurious shade of red.

 

 

 

 

The Skyfall actor chose a Vanquish which is a great choice that also symbolises Aston Martin’s transformation into being a tour de force supercar marque. The 6 litre V12 engine has 510 horsepower and plenty of torque to keep even high-powered people like Daniel Craig busy. The new Vanquish is said to have been to celebrate the actor’s 45th birthday.

 

 

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