Aston Martin has confirmed it will be homologated in left- and right-hand drive form, with production limited to 500 examples globally. No price has been hinted at, but Autocar expects it to cost around £1 million. The first customer cars will be delivered towards the end of 2021.
Before road-legal production models are released, however, the 'son of Valkyrie' will race for outright victory at Le Mans in 2020, according to CEO Andy Palmer. The debut fits in with regulation changes to put road-derived and concept hybrid cars in the top category, meaning the new car could race against models such as the McLaren Senna.
Known as the 'son of Valkyrie' by its development team, it has been given the internal development goal of establishing a new benchmark for hypercars in the £1m price bracket in around 2021, ahead of any of the established players re-entering the market.
Both the LaFerrari and P1 were launched in 2013 and, while production of both has ceased, such halo cars are typically replaced at extended intervals. The gap between the launch of the Enzo and the LaFerrari was 11 years and, were such a gap repeated, it would mean the Aston-Red Bull car stealing a march on them.
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Confirming the project, Aston boss Andy Palmer said: “It’s correct - we have more than one mid-engined project underway - more than two, if you count the Valkyrie. This new project will draw on all the know-how we’ve taken from the Valkyrie, as well as some of its visual identity and engineering capability, and bring it to a new sector of the market.”
As the 'son of Valkyrie' name suggests, the opportunity to develop another ultra high-performance car with Red Bull has been made possible by the success of Aston’s initial collaboration with the F1 team, led by Adrian Newey. While it is loosely termed a hypercar, Valkyrie’s performance will be far in excess of any production car previously sold, putting it in a different league to the likes of the LaFerrari and P1 and even - its makers insist - newer special editions such as the Senna and potentially the Senna GTR.
There has been huge demand for the limited-edition Valkyrie and its track-only AMR spin-off - both of which are sell-outs despite price tags ranging from £2m-£3m, and despite the first cars not reaching customers until 2019. Consequently, Aston Martin has extended its co-operation with the Red Bull F1 team to launch this new car project.
It is not clear how much the 'son of Valkyrie' and Aston’s upcoming, more mainstream 488-rival - set to launch in 2021 - will share in common beyond their basic layout, but it is expected that the former will launch as a halo product to showcase Aston’s skills in the mid-engined supercar market. Consequently, the 'son of Valkyrie' will likely be sold in extremely limited numbers, in order to add to its desirability: 499 LaFerrari’s were made, with 210 open-top LaAperta models later added to the run.
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The car’s development also underlines why long-time McLaren development driver Chris Goodwin switched camps at the end of last year, with the specific brief to hone Valkyrie now becoming a much longer-term role that puts him at the heart of the Aston and Red Bull tie-up. Both projects also raise the prospect of taking him back into frontline racing, including a potential Le Mans project if he so chooses.