Lynn joins expanded R-Motorsport Blancpain GT Aston Martin team

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Aston Martin factory driver Alex Lynn will join an expanded Blancpain GT Series campaign by the R-Motorsport squad in 2019.The former Williams Formula 1 development driver will contest the five BGTS Endurance rounds in one of the two new Aston Martin Vantage GT3s fielded by the Arden/Jota Sport-run team, which will contest the sister Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe for the first time.R-Motorsport will also enter a third car in Spa 24 Hours blue-riband BGTS enduro in July.Lynn will race alongside team regulars Jake Dennis and Marvin Kirchhofer in R-Motorsport’s reshuffled line-up for its second season in the Endurance Cup.The other car will be raced by Matthieu Vaxiviere, factory Aston driver Maxime Martin and Matt Parry, who joined the team for this month’s Bathurst 12 Hours.Dennis, who is also part of R-Motorsport’s DTM campaign under the Aston banner, was previously teamed with Vaxiviere and Nicky Thiim in the line-up that scored R-Motorsport’s maiden BGTS in last May’s Silverstone round with the outgoing Aston V12 Vantage model.Kirchhofer will also compete for the overall BGTS crown with an attack on the World Challenge, which was previously known as the BGTS Sprint Cup.He will share with Ricky Collard, who raced for R-Motorsport in last year’s Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.The second car will be raced by GP3 race winner Aaro Vainio and Hugo de Sadeleer, a two-time winner in the European Le Mans Series with United Autosports.Collard and de Sadeleer will then team up in the additional car for Spa alongside Ferdinand Habsburg, another driver who is also part of the R-Motorsport Aston DTM project.R-Motorsport team principal Florian Kamelger said: “We’re lining up with our team in the endurance and sprint cup for the first time and have a broad base of drivers to call on, made up of well-proven and successful individuals from last year as well as interesting, talented newcomers.”The guys are all hungry for success and have a promising car in the new Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3, with which we intend to fight for wins and the title with the full backing of the entire team.”

Targets acquired: Aston Martin 003 hypercar aimed at LaFerrari, McLaren Senna

This week, Aston Martin finally showed off the first image of its forthcoming 003 hypercar and the firm’s CEO declared it has the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren Senna, and Porsche 918 Spyder directly in its sights.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, told Auto Express in a Wednesday report that the 003 bridges the gap between the gap between the forthcoming Valkyrie hypercar and a Ferrari 488 competitor that’s also on the way from the British brand. In this respect, he said the 003 is a LaFerrari competitor or “like the McLaren Senna and Porsche 918.” In the spirit of the LaFerrari, the powertrain will consist of an internal-combustion engine (likely a V-6) paired with a KERS-style hybrid system. The KERS system is all about performance and not efficiency, just like the LaFerrari.
Unlike the Valkyrie, the 003 will be far more usable every day. We previously reported it will be more comfortable and have space for luggage. Yet, the car may also find its way to the racetrack.
Teaser for Aston Martin 003 hypercar debuting in 2021
Should Aston Martin decided to jump into the FIA’s new hypercar class for the World Endurance Championship, the 003 would likely report for duty. We’d be thrilled to watch an Aston Martin hypercar take on Le Mans.
The 003 name is short for Project 003. The Valkyrie is Project 001 and the track-only Valkyrie Pro is Project 002.
Little else is known about the 003, though it may sport the name “Valhalla.” The name would fall in line with Aston Martin’s current trend to pluck names from Norse mythology. Valhalla is the resting place for warriors who died in combat and are worthy of the god Odin. Valkyries are the warrior spirits that protect Valhalla. Both names would make for a proper hierarchy in the brand.
Auto Express reported the 003 could debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but the car won’t be ready for production until 2021. When it does enter production, Aston Martin has already said it only plans to build 500 coupes, though it hasn’t mentioned if it will also build a convertible.

Lego Unveils 1960s Ford Mustang Creator Set

It joins past sets like the Ferrari F40, Mini Cooper, and Aston Martin DB5.

Lego has just announced the newest addition to its Creator vehicle series: a 1967 Ford Mustang. This new set, available to purchase on March 1 for $149.99, comes with 1,471 pieces and a few surprises that improve its playability. 

The base car you build is a gorgeous first-generation ‘Stang in dark blue with white racing stripes that look spot-on for what we’d expect to see on a Shelby, but curiously, this kit features no such Shelby branding. It features period correct details recreated in brick form, such as a hood scoop, the famous Mustang logo in the grille, and five-spoke wheels on real rubber tires. The interior, trunk, and engine bay are all reproduced in typical Lego detail, and the steering wheel even turns the front wheels.

In addition to the base car, though, Lego will include a number of customizations. The supercharger is the coolest, which replaces the hood scoop and adds untold imaginary horsepower to the V8 engine below. There are also pieces for side-exit exhaust pipes, a rear ducktail spoiler, a chin spoiler, and a nitrous oxide tank located in the trunk. To top it all off, there are risers to adjust the lift of the rear axle and give the Mustang a more menacing stance. So whether you want an accurate representation of a classic Mustang or an over-the-top muscle car monster to play with, this set should satisfy.

Like other Creator vehicle sets before it, this Mustang is large, measuring 13 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 3 inches tall. It will no doubt become an instant classic like the Creator Ferrari F40, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle, and Aston Martin DB5 before it. We’ve already got ours pre-ordered.

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Build and customize your very own 1960s Ford Mustang!

Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO® Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires. Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of license plates, supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank. You can even adjust the lift of the rear axle for an extra-mean look! Remove the roof panel or open the doors and you have access to the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, working steering and a mid- console gearshift. Store items in the trunk or lift the hood to reveal a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing. This advanced building set has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia and makes a great centerpiece for the home or office.

  • Authentic replica of a 1960s Ford Mustang featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, air scoop, 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires, and a selection customization add-ons.
  • Open the doors or remove the roof panel to access the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, mid-console gearshift and working steering.
  • Open the trunk to store items and lift the hood to reveal a detailed Ford Mustang V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter.
  • Also includes a printed mustang grille badge and 2 GT emblems.
  • Customize the Ford Mustang with the included supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust
    pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.
  • Choose from a selection of license plates.
  • Lift the hood to check out the realistic engine detailing.
  • Adjust the lift of the rear axle for a real mean look!
  • This Mustang toy car model includes 1,471 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
  • New-for-March-2019 special elements include 5-spoke rims, 2×8 brick with bow, 1×3 mustang
    logo tile, 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ Emblem.
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

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British carmakers facing hard choices as the clock ticks toward Brexit

ST ATHAN, Wales/GAYDON, England – In three cavernous former Royal Air Force hangars at an old airbase in Wales, luxury carmaker Aston Martin is forging ahead with construction of a new vehicle assembly plant.

The paint shop is in, robots are being unpacked, and production of the company’s critical new sport utility vehicle is on track to start this year – Brexit deal or no deal.

“I still have to believe that we’ll get to a proper and right decision because a no-deal Brexit is frankly madness,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Reuters at the company’s Gaydon headquarters in England, where designers are working on a diverse lineup of vehicles for the 2020s and beyond.

Headlines have focused on plant closures and job losses ahead of Britain’s divorce from the EU.

Nissan has scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in the country, while Honda will close its only UK car plant in 2021 with the loss of up to 3,500 jobs – though it has been said the decision was not related to Britain’s exit from the EU.

However, many auto companies – from luxury marques like Aston Martin to mass-market brands such as Vauxhall – are working on ways to survive after March 29.

On the outskirts of London, workers at Vauxhall’s operation in Luton are preparing to produce a new line of commercial vans following fresh investment from the brand’s French owner PSA, which they are counting on to sustain more than 1,000 jobs.

While post-Brexit market conditions remain a big unknown, Vauxhall boss Stephen Norman told Reuters Britain’s exit from the European Union could present an opportunity to increase the brand’s market share. He is pursuing a marketing campaign to boost demand for the company’s modestly priced cars and SUVs.

The continued investment by some carmakers and the potential sales upside seen by Vauxhall reflect the conflicting decisions and opportunities that brands face depending on their size, their customers and where they are in the production cycle.

All automakers in Britain will have to find ways to make Brexit work, even if only in the short term.

Nissan builds nearly 450,000 cars and multiple models, making it hard to pull out of the country any time soon. Toyota builds just one model in Britain, the Corolla, but has only just started making it. The typical life cycle of a car is six years.

An advertising hoarding showing a Vauxhall Vivaro van is seen on a wall of the Vauxhall Luton plant in Luton


Aston Martin and Vauxhall are as different as two auto companies can be. Now Brexit has thrown Palmer and Norman into the same precarious boat as, like their rivals, they seek to minimize the potential harm of a disorderly British exit.

The two companies have significant British manufacturing operations and together have thousands of employees in the country. Palmer and Norman both said in interviews that the impact of Brexit would be more complicated, more pervasive and take longer to play out than policymakers and the public appreciated.

For Aston Martin, which sells sports cars at prices well above 100,000 pounds ($130,380), new European tariffs on British-built cars are not a significant concern, Palmer said.

Like other smaller players such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce and McLaren, Aston has much larger margins on its cars and extra costs can be more easily passed onto wealthy customers. That’s not a luxury enjoyed by mass-market players.

What concerns Palmer more is the disruption to his company’s network of suppliers and its meticulously scheduled production system.

As he walks through Aston’s Gaydon factory, Palmer points to several rows of dashboards mounted on carriers and crowded into a corner of the plant.

Aston is building stockpiles of key parts in case an abrupt, no-deal Brexit results in trucks with components getting delayed by chaos at British ports. It is increasing the days of stock it holds from three days to five days and could fly in parts if ports become clogged up after March 29.

Aston receives many of its engines from a Mercedes-Benz factory in Germany, and new border checks and tariffs could delay those shipments.

Reverting to a regime of cross-border tariffs and World Trade Organization rules, after decades of free trade, would force Aston and its suppliers to trace and document where all the parts in a vehicle come from, Palmer told Reuters.

“When you’ve got 10,000 parts on a car and then you’ve got all of the sub-parts, you quickly get up to hundreds of thousands of parts. And do you honestly know where they’ve all come from? Often not,” he said.

That’s one reason why Palmer said he hired a supply chain chief, an appointment announced last month. “His obsession right now is planning for Brexit,” he said.

The Brexit vote in mid-2016 came as Aston Martin was pursuing a multi-year strategy, unveiled in 2015, to go from making about 3,500 sports cars a year to building up to 14,000 sports cars and SUVs annually.

The St Athan plant will start building DBX SUVs, and then is expected to begin assembling a new line luxury electric vehicles under the Lagonda brand early in the 2020s.

Scrapping that investment is not Aston’s plan.

“People have asked me: what keeps you awake?” Palmer said. “It very much is the supply chain and the capability of that supply chain to absorb all the macroeconomics that are thrown at them.”

Aston is not alone in this concern: Volkswagen, the biggest car seller in Britain, and Honda have both said they are stockpiling parts while Jaguar Land Rover has been talking to warehousing companies and Bentley has leased storage space.

Aston Martin DBX prototype


At Vauxhall, boss Norman said Brexit could be an opportunity for a brand that struggled under its former owner, General Motors, and is charting a new strategy under French group PSA.

Vauxhall believes a no-deal Brexit would lead to as much as a 20 percent fall in British new vehicle demand but a bigger market share for Vauxhall.

PSA has committed last year to fresh investment to launch new models at its Luton van factory. But it faces a decision next year on whether to keep Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant open after the current run of Astra Sports Tourer ends.

That decision is not a simple one, Norman said.

“It would not be true to say that a hard Brexit automatically means the closure of plants in the United Kingdom, neither for us, nor for other manufacturers, but it would certainly mean they come under greater scrutiny,” he said.

British workers would have to deliver productivity gains that offset tariffs and supply chain friction.

Currently Vauxhall, which was bought by Peugeot parent company PSA in 2017, accounts for 7.5 percent of British car sales.

Added to the group’s Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands the total rises to 13 percent, making PSA one of the biggest sellers in Europe’s No. 2 auto market.

If the market takes a hit, Vauxhall’s emphasis on functional, economically priced models could be an advantage, Norman said.

“People will look very long and hard,” he said. “And they will say: do I need this enhanced brand strength which I’m actually paying for that has no material value or should I not look more seriously at the offer from Vauxhall … and have just as good a vehicle and not have to pay through the nose for the privilege.”

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Joseph White; Editing by Pravin Char)


R-Motorsport Aston Martin DTM car’s readiness ‘still a question’

The R-Motorsport squad fronting the Aston Martin DTM project says there is “still a question” about whether its Vantage will be ready for the start of the season.R-Motorsport’s parent company AF Racing has started a joint venture with HWA – called Vynamic – which is responsible for developing and building the DTM-spec Vantage, and has an exclusive licence from Aston Martin to do so.It completed its four-car 2019 line-up on Tuesday by revealing Daniel Juncadella and Ferdinand Habsburg would join 2010 DTM champion Paul di Resta and Jake Dennis.But the team’s programme was only announced in October, and the short amount of time it has had to prepare means R-Motorsport cannot yet say with certainty that its car will be ready for pre-season testing or the opening Hockenheim round.An ‘art car’ was displayed at an event at the team’s St Gallen base in Switzerland on Wednesday as the Vantage is not yet complete.”Going to DTM for 2019 was definitely a stretch,” said R-Motorsport team principal Florian Kamelger.”If we are [ready], and that’s still the question, [there is] a very, very tight plan to be at the grid at Hockenheim.”If we are we will have built a DTM car in around 100 days, so that I think is a huge achievement by the technical department of HWA, our partner in Vynamic.”But Kamelger said it was still the team’s plan to be ready to test the car in the coming months.The series’ official pre-season test will be held at Lausitz from April 15-18, but an additional team-organised test will take place before that at Jerez from March 5-7.Kamelger added the introduction of Class One rules for 2019 meant it was a logical decision for the team to enter the series this year to avoid giving existing manufacturers Audi and BMW a headstart.”There were quite a lot of different pieces to put together to eventually end up being a competitor in 2019, [but] it made a lot of sense to do it because we had a team [HWA] which we knew is one of the most successful in DTM,” he said.”We did want to give them the opportunity to stay in the DTM.”Discussions with Gerhard Berger led us to the fact that 2019 would be better than ’20, not only for him but also for us.”The next point is that we start the new regulation this year with Class One, which makes a lot of sense to go into that this year and not wait until the competitors gain a lot of experience out of the first year.”

Square Wheels Guarantee Bumpy Ride Regardless Of Car

Whether it’s an Aston Martin or an Astro van, square wheels are the great equalizer that make everything useless.

Our favorite Dutch mechanic, Master Milo, is back at it again with another great video. This time, Milo wants to see how a small hatchback drives with square wheels.

Since the birth of the automobile in the late nineteenth century, much has changed. One of the few constants in the overall design of the automobile has been round wheels. Round wheels are great. They roll really nice. There’s no reason to change them.

Milo feels differently. Ever eager for an experiment, he takes some small, four-lug steel wheels, cutting the tires off with an angle grinder (Milo must not have a tire machine). Then, he cuts lengths of round steel tubing at 45 degree angle, and welds them in a box shape to the steel wheel. The result is a set of perfectly square wheels.

The lucky recipient of these new square wheels is an Opel Corsa hatchback, currently riding on a set of nice BBS alloys, with the exhaust, muffler and all, exiting out under the front bumper, then along the hood and A-pillar for some reason. Those BBS wheels are ditched for the new square hotness. It’s an interesting look for sure, but it’s not one we expect will catch on any time soon.

With the wheels bolted up to the Corsa, Milo makes a valiant attempt to drive down a dirt road. From the look and sound of things, he really has to give the little hatchback everything it’s got to get the square wheels to turn.

Sustained high-RPM running will likely result in shorter service intervals and more frequent engine rebuilds. While you think steel would last longer than rubber, the welded corners of the square wheels were getting beaten down and gradually rounded.

Given enough time, it’s possible that these wheels would beat themselves round again. We’re going to give the maintenance and fuel economy advantage to regular rubber tires. That’s to say nothing of the atrocious ride quality of the square wheels. In our opinion, round wheels are likely to stick around for at least another 100 years or so.

Source: mastermilo82 on YouTube


Aston Martin Teases The Project 003

While Aston Martin is yet to finish work on the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, the company is already working on a new mid-engined hypercar and it’s dropped a new teaser of it making us want to see it in the flesh. Project 003, as it’s called, has its DNA deeply rooted in concepts and technology currently being developed for those road and track-only machines. Project ‘003’ will be built around a lightweight structure and powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine.

Combined with active aerodynamics for better levels of downforce in a road-legal car, active suspension systems providing next-level precision, control and driver connection like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, Project ‘003’ will possess class leading dynamics on both road and track. Project ‘003’ is also being designed and engineered to offer more practical concessions to road use, including space for luggage.


Fully homologated and available in all markets in both left and right-hand drive, production will be limited to 500 coupe examples globally, with the first cars arriving to market in late 2021. By the time the Aston Martin Project 003 hits the market, there will be a flood of new hybrid hypercars making their way into the market. There’s Ferrari who is coming out with the replacement to the LaFerrari, Mclaren too will replace the P1 by 2025 and there’s more coming from other carmakers too.

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Aston Martin Project 003 Hypercar Teased Ahead of Geneva Motor Show Debut

oi-Dennis James
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11:14 [IST]
British luxury carmaker Aston Martin has revealed a teaser image of the Project 003 hypercar ahead of its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. Project 003 is the third hypercar that will be produced by Aston Martin in partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. The British carmaker is currently the title sponsor of the Red Bull Racing F1 team. The teaser image of the Aston Martin Project 003 hypercar shows off the rear silhouette of the upcoming high-performance car illuminated by its taillights. The image also shows off what appears to be a roof scoop that will help push air into the turbocharged petrol engine that will make up the internal combustion part of the hybrid powertrain of the Aston Martin Project 003. The new Project 003 hypercar was first confirmed by Aston Martin in September 2018 and is expected to hit the roads in 2021. The ‘Project 003’ name denotes that this is the third car made by Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing together after the upcoming Valkyrie hybrid hypercar and its track-only version that will add AMR Pro to its name. While Aston Martin has not revealed any potential names for the new hypercar, reports suggest that the British carmaker could stick the Viking naming scheme for its Red Bull collaboration as it looks to the new car to carry on the legacy of the Valkyrie. Aston Martin has confirmed that Project 003 will feature a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine. No power figures have been given but with the new car expected to sit between the Valkyrie and the DBS Superleggera. No transmission options have been mentioned till date but the new hypercar from Aston is expected to feature a dual-clutch gearbox like the one found on the Valkyrie. Aston Martin also confirmed that the new Project 003 will feature ‘outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car’ thanks to the use of active aerodynamics. The new hypercar will also feature active suspension systems providing next-level precision, control and driver connection like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro which will give the Project 003 class-leading dynamics on both road and track.  The new Project 003 hypercar will sit below the Valkyrie in Aston Martin’s lineup and is expected to be priced at around £1 million (Rs 9.3 Crores). Aston Martin will limit production numbers of the Project 003 to just 500 units, all of which will be coupes. 
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Mid-engine Aston Martin Project 003 supercar teased


Aston Martin has officially announced its next mid-engine supercar with a teaser and a working name: “Project 003.” From the teaser image, it should be a stunner with a body that’s all curves and wide athletic haunches. We also dig the exhaust outlets through the engine cover. Aston says the supercar will borrow some technology from the Valkyrie, with that car’s lightweight construction, active aerodynamics and active suspension likely candidates. Still, Project 003 will be a very different vehicle.

For one thing, it doesn’t have an absurdly high-revving naturally aspirated V12. Instead, it’s a gas-powered, turbocharged hybrid. Aston Martin hasn’t said how many cylinders, but it seems safe to say it will have at least eight. Then there’s the fact that this will be more practical for road use, with Aston specifically mentioning that this car will actually have luggage space. How novel! We expect that the car will be a bit more civilized in the ride and noise departments, too.

Aston Martin says that the first of 500 total examples will reach owners starting in late 2021. While it hasn’t said for sure, we expect to see the car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Between the show and when it reaches customers, it will probably get a real name, just as the Valkyrie began life as Project 001, and the Valkyrie AMR Pro was Project 002.

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Aston Martin previews ‘son of Valkyrie’ hypercar for Geneva reveal

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.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro unveiled

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.

Aston Martin Valkyrie revealed 

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.