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2021 Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider – A Valkyrie That Can Touch Speeds Of 205 mph With The Roof Off!

The Valkyrie Spider is limited to 85 examples and comes with an open top, but loses the gullwing doors

Aston Martin had unveiled the AM-RB 001 concept back in 2016. It went into production a year later and came out with the ‘Valkyrie’ moniker. It hasn’t been an easy ride for the British automaker with this product, one instance being the hypercar suffering from a $7-part failure that killed its debut run at the Goodwood FoS, but Aston Martin is going at it with full determination.

Adding a third model to the Valkyrie’s lineup after a coupe and a track-only AMR Pro version, Aston Martin has unveiled the Valkyrie Spider – an open-top version that retains the same performance but loses on the roof and the gullwing doors.

What’s Special About The Aston Martin Valkyrie?

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The highlight, of course, is the removable roof. The company mentioned that maintaining the aerodynamics while the roof is off was of paramount importance and it managed to achieve it. Aston Martin has made revisions to the Valkyrie Spider’s carbon fiber structure and has also recalibrated the active aerodynamic and active chassis systems.

The Valkyrie Spider’s removable roof is composed of a carbon fiber central panel that latches onto the front windscreen and the rear tub. A pair of polycarbonate roof windows are hinged on either side.

The roof can be removed and stowed away when the doors are open. Also, the Valkyrie Spider doesn’t feature the gullwing doors as seen on the standard coupe. It comes with front-hinged dihedral doors.

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The Valkyrie Spider, despite the removable roof, is still impressively aero efficient. The ultra-lightweight construction is befitted with an aerodynamics package that produces up to 3,086 pounds of downforce at 149 mph in the track mode. The teardrop-shaped cockpit, the rear diffuser, and the huge full-length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor make sure there’s no need for any special devices in the upper body to aid the aerodynamics when going roofless.

On the inside, the driver-focused cabin comes with an F1-inspired low hip-to-heel height, near-central seat positioning, a rear-view camera, and a six-point safety harness to keep the occupants safe in the car.

What Powers The Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider?

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider features the same powerplant as the standard coupe – 6.5-liter, V-12 engine with a Rimac-developed electric motor that puts out 1,140 horses combined.

The naturally aspirated engine free revs to 11,200 rpm. Power is routed to the wheels via a seven-speed Ricardo single-clutch automated manual gearbox.

The company hasn’t listed the 0-60 mph, but the car can achieve speeds of up to 205 mph with the roof removed and 217 mph with the top on. This makes the fastest open-top, road-legal Aston Martin ever built.

For your reference, the standard Valkyrie can sprint to 60 mph from rest in 2.5 seconds. The automaker mentioned the Valkyrie Spider can deliver LMP1 levels of performance and set impressive lap times that aren’t normally achievable in a road-going car.

How Much Does The Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider Cost?

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The automaker hasn’t revealed the prices yet, but we speculate it to be close to $4 million.

Conclusion

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie was unveiled at the recently-concluded Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey. The automaker hasn’t revealed the price, but did mention that the production of this open-top derivative will be capped to 85 copies only. The hypercar will be offered in both, left-hand- and right-hand-drive configurations. Deliveries will commence in the second half of 2022. Aston Martin also noted that the car is over-subscribed and allocations of the 85 examples will begin soon.

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The new Valkyrie Spider, unveiled today at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a thrilling next-step in the progression of the Aston Martin Valkyrie bloodline. It promises an even more intense experience. One shaped by the unbeatable sensory stimulus that comes with roof-off driving in one of the world’s most extreme hypercars. One that delivers the most comparable experience to that of an F1® car, not limited to the track.

The pursuit of open-top luxury comes with the challenge of ensuring the core experience remains true to Aston Martin and Adrian Newey’s exacting performance objectives for the original Aston Martin Valkyrie programme. As these positioned Valkyrie at the very cutting-edge of hypercar design and engineering it means the Valkyire Spider has benefitted from unique engineering solutions born from the combined talents of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT).

While the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s unique 1155PS hybrid V12 powertrain remains unchanged, the Valkyrie Spider has received revisions to its carbon fibre structure, plus precise recalibration of both the active aerodynamic and active chassis systems. All with an eye to maintaining optimal Valkyrie performance when driven in a roof-off condition.

Key to Valkyrie Spider’s unprecedented performance is the ultra-lightweight construction and high downforce aerodynamics package. The upper body surfaces of the teardrop-shaped cockpit and lower tub contours follow the envelope of space available between the huge full-length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor. Drawing huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, these tunnels are the key to generating Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider’s extraordinary levels of downforce - >1400kg at 240km/h in track mode - while keeping the upper body surfaces free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the open-top styling.

By following the same exacting Valkyrie ethos, and with just a marginal weight difference to the Coupe, Valkyrie Spider remains a quintessential package of efficient and lightweight solutions. Capable of achieving a vMAX of 330km/h+ with the roof removed (350km/h+ with roof on), its the fastest and most extreme open-top, road-legal Aston Martin ever built. Delivering LMP1 levels of performance, Valkyrie Spider is simulated to set impressive lap times, not normally achievable in a road-going car.

The same driver focused cabin sits at the heart of Valkyrie Spider. F1® inspired low hip-to-heel height and near-central seat positioning, along with a 6-point safety harness to keep the occupants safely in the car. A centre rear-view camera system along with front and rear parking sensors will aid the driver at both high and low speeds, with displays sitting just above the Instrument Panel.

Valkyrie Spider features a bespoke, removable lightweight roof comprising of a carbon fibre central panel, latching onto the tub at the rear and to the windscreen surround at the front, along with a pair of polycarbonate roof windows, hinged on either side. On opening the doors, the roof can simply be lifted off and stowed away. Modifications to the carbon fibre tub have been made to support the removable roof panels and the luxury open-top layout, as well as new doors. The now front-hinged dihedral doors, which are unique to Valkyrie Spider, have been redesigned to tilt forwards.

The task of implementing these changes will be completed by Aston Martin’s engineering team, who are also responsible for managing the test and verification process. Extensive use of powerful simulation tools means development of the Valkyrie Spider is already well underway, ahead of the build and physical testing of the first development prototypes.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers said: “The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the product of incredible innovation and technology, but above all it has always been about emotion. With the Valkyrie Spider we are taking that passion and emotion to the next level. The driving experience promises to be truly sensational. The sound of that 6.5-litre V12 engine revving to over 11,000rpm with the roof removed is something I cannot wait to hear.”

Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey said: “Right from the very beginning of the Aston Martin Valkyrie project we were driven by exacting targets that went way beyond any previous road car and the Valkyrie Spider brings that same ethos to the open cockpit hypercar category. What you see is a simple removable roof panel, but the challenge of remaining true to the Valkyrie concept was anything but. Maintaining aerodynamic performance with the roof removed was of paramount importance, likewise keeping any unavoidable weight gains to an absolute minimum whilst maximising enjoyment for the driver.”

Following unprecedented demand, the 85 examples of the Valkyrie Spider are over subscribed and allocations will begin shortly, available in both left and right-hand drive derivatives, with first deliveries scheduled for H2 2022.

Valkyrie Spider will be on display at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California (USA) from 12 August - 15 August 2021, viewing by invitation only.

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