Despite what you may have read, it wasn’t a superhero testing out a new vehicle on the UK highways. It wasn’t James Bond driving his latest top-secret car, either. It was actually Aston Martin taking its final step in developing their Valkyrie hypercar by driving it on public highways in the United Kingdom.
Aston Martin already tested the car at Silverstone, but it wasn’t the orange-striped Valkyrie that throttled down UK public highways. This was a much sleeker car, done in navy blue with matte black accents. The car drew plenty of stares, and that might be all that most people will be able to get when it comes to the Valkyrie. Aston Martin plans on only making 150 examples of the hypercar—and that number includes the 25 models that will be track-only AMR Pro versions.
Those that are keen to cop a Valkyrie for themselves will have to pay the nearly $3 million price tag, but in return, they’ll receive a true powerhouse. The Valkyrie is equipped with a Cosworth 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 that puts out 1,000 horsepower at 10,500 revs (it has a redline above 11,000 rpm). If that’s not enough power, the hybrid system bumps up the output to 1,160 horsepower with 664 lb-ft of torque. That much power comes with a price, though. Every 62,137 miles, the team at Cosworth has to dismantle the engine to check the block for cracks. They then rebuild the engine, replacing the pistons and valves while they’re at it.
These road tests are just the first of what Aston Martin’s team of engineers will have to put the car through before it can be shipped out to customers—which is planned for the second half of this year. It’s a good sign that progress is being made, especially after Aston Martin announced that the Valkyrie wouldn’t be participating in Le Mans. But now that it’s been road-tested, it won’t be long before the Valkyrie rides down the road.