Are you the sort of person who looks at the thousand-plus horsepower Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, with its screaming 6.5-liter V12 engine and Le Mans prototype levels of performance, and thinks it could do with being more dramatic?
If you are, then good news: Aston Martin has just revealed a convertible version. Called the Valkyrie Spider, the car will be limited to just 85 examples and deliveries are due to begin in the second half of 2022. And before you ask, sorry, the car is already oversubscribed.
In pursuit of full sensory overload, the Valkyrie Spider has a removable carbon fiber roof that lifts out to give the lucky occupants unfiltered access to the V12 soundtrack. The car is to be shown off for the first time later today, on the manicured lawns of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, viewing is by invitation only.
The V12 hybrid powertrain remains unchanged, while the carbon fiber structure has been revised to cater for doors that now hinge forwards instead of upwards, plus recalibration of the active aerodynamic and active chassis systems. Just like its hard-topped sibling, the Valkyrie Spider features enormous, full-length Venturi tunnels that draw huge quantities of air beneath the car, feeding the rear diffuser and creating over 1,400kg of downforce when driven in track mode.
Aston Martin says the spider conversion resulted in “just a marginal weight difference” compared to the coupe. Top speed is over 205mph with the roof removed, and beyond 217mph with the carbon panel in place. Inside, the compact cabin is the same as before – apart from the miles of headroom, of course – with six-point harnesses and a seating position like that of a Formula One car. As in the coupe, digital displays act as rear-view mirrors.
Tobias Moers, chief executive officer of Aston Martin, said: “With the Valkyrie Spider we are taking that passion and emotion to the next level. The driving experience promises to be truly sensational. The sound of that 6.5-liter V12 engine revving to over 11,000rpm with the roof removed is something I cannot wait to hear.”
Adrian Newey, chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing and mastermind behind the Valkyrie project, said: “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.”