The brand new Aston Martin Valkyrie made its track debut at the Silverstone circuit on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
The new car, a collaboration between Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey and Aston Martin. Speaking about the run, Aston Martin lead test driver Chris Goodwin said:
I’ve driven this car around Silverstone for countless hours on the simulator at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s HQ, so to finally drive the Aston Martin Valkyrie here today feels exceptionally special. We still have a lot of development work to do but we can now begin to really push the physical testing process and realise the true capabilities of the car.
Adrian Newey felt very emotional to see the car on track for the first time and speaking following the run he said:
To see the Aston Martin Valkyrie running today, five years from the first moment I started sketching what it might look like, is very emotional. With the changing visual angles as it drives past and the noise, it is now doing what it is supposed to do, which is to move and be dynamic. It has been an enormous push from the Team to get it running here today so this is also a special moment for them.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner commented on the new car said:
This first view is the result of a collaboration of design and development between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin. The initial vision was to build a hypercar that would deliver the best in technological advancement and high performance and together, we have achieved this. This public running is just the beginning of a remarkable story for this car.
President and CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer commented on the car saying:
Today is a milestone in Aston Martin’s history and for our industry as a whole. Aston Martin Valkyrie continues to redefine what you and I recognise as a hypercar, possessing unrivalled levels of performance in a package that is technologically beyond anything else. While Chris’ demonstration today was not delivered at full speed, I’m sure the Valkyrie will return to deliver its full potential around this magnificent circuit in the near future.
Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said:
We have created a truly unique, beautiful rear mid-engined hypercar in Aston Martin Valkyrie that represents the ultimate fusion of art and technology. I am incredibly proud of everybody at Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies to have the Aston Martin Valkyrie run for the first time in public at the British GP.”