2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie: 250 MPH


A rendering of the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

The hypercar collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing—originally known as the AM-RB 001, now re-christened Valkyrie—has yet to have its stated 250 mph top speed tested in the real world (or, if it has, that hasn’t been made public), but we’re going to go out on a limb and trust that this machine can do what its creators say it can. After all, the Valkyrie boasts the right parts: a hybrid propulsion system in addition to its naturally-aspirated, Cosworth-built 6.5-liter V-12 engine, plus a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission by Ricardo, the same company that builds the Bugatti Chiron’s dual-clutch set-up.

Not only that, but the space-age Valkyrie can apparently generate over 4,000 pounds of downforce even without a proper fixed rear wing, has a dry weight of just 2,200 lbs thanks to carbon-fiber tub construction, and can reportedly hold an insane four Gs of lateral acceleration while cornering—double what the bonkers McLaren P1 can hold. So, yes, many of these figures are untested as yet, but neither Aston nor Red Bull Racing are exactly known for vaporware, so we’re giving going to go ahead and say that the Valkyrie will hit 250 mph, no problem.

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