Aston Martin shows Spider version of hybrid Valkyrie at Pebble Beach
What started with the AM-RB 001 concept of 2016 looks to finally begin its very limited production run, with the open-roof Valkyrie Spider hypercar coming in 2022 after the closed-roof original and AMR Pro racecar in 2021.
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during last week’s Monterey Car Week, Aston Martin took the wraps off the Spider convertible version of its Valkyrie hypercar. The company promises an even more intense roof-off driving experience, comparable to that of a Formula One (F1) car but not limited to the track. The Spider was available for viewing by invitation only.
The pursuit of open-top motoring came with the challenge of ensuring the core experience remains true to the performance objectives of Aston Martin and F1 engineering-design legend Adrian Newey of Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT), for the original Valkyrie program at the very cutting-edge of hypercar design and engineering.
The Spider’s 1155-PS (850 kW) hybrid-electric V12 powertrain remains unchanged from that of the original closed-roof Valkyrie. That original car first made news in 2016 as the AM-RB 001 Concept, with first- and second-generation prototypes shown between 2017 and 2019, and with a dynamic public debut in front of an enthusiastic crowd ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.
The new open-top car received revisions to its carbon-fiber structure and recalibration of active-aerodynamics and active-chassis systems — aimed at
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