Aston Martin gives UK debut to £2.5m supercar

The revolutionary £2.5m supercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies has made its UK debut.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie was one of the stars of the London Motor Show.

Despite the hefty price tag the company is confident demand for the car will be strong, although production is being limited to just 150.

The car has been developed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, which works with the sponsor’s Formula 1 team and one of those involved in the project is F1 designer par excellence Adrian Newey.

Project partner AF Racing and some of the world’s leading technology partners have also been involved in the project, including tyre manufacturer Michelin, engine builder Cosworth, transmission expert Ricardo, carbon fibre structure specialists Mutimatic, hybrid battery pioneer Rimac, brake system supplier Alcon and Surface Transforms, electronics giant Bosch and lighting supplier Wipac.

Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, said the car was intended to capture the drama of the ultimate Aston Martin.

“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years,” he said.

“The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

The car’s V-themed name continues a tradition that began back in 1951 with Vantage, which was selected as a name to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2.

Since then it has been followed by Virage, Vanquish and the most recent model in the distinguished lineage, the Vulcan.

The Warwickshire manufacturer said: “Now, seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to another level.”