This bolide surpasses everything Aston Martin has developed so far. The hybrid sports car Valkyrie is to deliver up to 1160 HP and a maximum torque of 900 Newton meters. The British sports car manufacturer may not be able to provide any more data, but one thing is certain: Without two entrepreneurs and doctors from Switzerland who switched from medicine to the car industry and motorsport, this dream sled would not exist.
The owners of Aston Martin St. Gallen, Andreas Baenziger (58) and Florian Kamelger (44) had the idea for the mid-engine hypercar – in the digital world. In 2014, Aston Martin launched the DP-100, along with several other manufacturers, a virtual vision racing car for the Playstation game “Gran Turismo”. “We thought it would be cool to build such a car,” says Baenziger. “And so we talked to some of our customers.” They quickly had ten collectors who would buy an Aston Martin mid-engine sports car.
The branch in Eastern Switzerland is one of the most successful Aston Martin dealers in the world. This gave Baenziger direct access to the then Aston CEO Ulrich Bez. But the German at the head of Aston Martin only looked at the development costs and was not a fan of mid-engine sports cars anyway. But when Bez retires shortly afterwards and Andy Palmer takes over the helm, the tide turns.
However, the board continued to have financial concerns and was reluctant to use human resources. Palmer found the solution – and invited Baenziger and Kamelger to Red Bull. “He knew that design guru Adrian Newey was a little bored with Formula 1 and dreamed of building a street car,” recalls Baenziger. «Newey’s idea of a Formula 1 racing car for the street was exactly ours. As if I would wake up from a dream – and what I dreamed is suddenly a reality. »
Baenziger and Kamelger founded the AF Racing Group to finance the car, Red Bull took over the development and Aston Martin the marketing. In the meantime the project has grown; by mid-2028, three vehicles with a mid-engine are expected to arrive. The Valhalla (see box) and later the new Vanquish will follow the Valkyrie.
On the way to reality
The first Valkyrie should be delivered to customers in 2020. However, the production stop decided because of the corona virus could now delay this and also interrupt the road tests that have just started. They are an important step in bringing the hypercar from the digital to the real world. “And the Valkyrie does not need oversized spoilers,” says Baenziger. «The aerodynamics are hidden in the details. For example, Newey placed the exhaust where warm air is needed. »
Only 150 customers worldwide will enjoy this unique car. Those interested have to dig into their pockets with the equivalent of around CHF 2.3 million. But there is a hypercar based on a Swiss recipe.
For the first time since 1968, Aston Martin again developed its own engine. The 3.0-liter V6 turbo is said to weigh less than 200 kilograms and will debut in 2022 in the mid-engine athlete Valhalla. Thanks to electrification, it should become the most powerful drive in Aston Martin’s offer as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. However, the definitive performance data have not yet been determined and depend on the model.