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Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar was driven in front of a public audience for the first time at the British Grand Prix on Saturday (July 13).

The Valkyrie represents a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, whose Formula One efforts are sponsored by the British manufacturer.

Aston Martin’s test driver Chris Goodwin took the wheel of the Valkyrie for the demonstration laps of Silverstone. Fans were treated to the spectacular sight of the racing-inspired machine, and the sounds of its 6.5-litre V12 engine, which has been built by engine specialists and can rev to 10,500rpm.

Andy Palmer, Aston’s CEO, said of the occasion: “Today is a real milestone in not only Aston Martin’s history but for our industry as a whole. [The] 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, there is no doubt in my mind that we will one day return to deliver its full potential around this magnificent circuit.”

Palmer clearly enjoyed the cars’ public bow, tweeting a video befitting an awestruck fan, complete with a finger hovering over the corner of his phone’s lens.

The Valkyrie is going to be no stranger to racing circuits going forward; a track-ready AMR Pro version is set to arrive in 2020, as is a full race car set to challenge for victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

All 150 Valkyries have already sold out, with a reported cost of between £2m and £3m. But, for more reasonable money, you can check out the range of used Aston Martins available here at Motors.co.uk.

Ted Welford

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July 15, 2019

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