However, the jewel-like enamelled badge used on other models presented two problems - it was weight the car didn’t need, and, as it sits proud on the bonnet, it interrupted the airflow, changing the aerodynamic properties of the car. The solution? Lay the badge into the paint itself. The Aston Martin Design Team created an aluminium badge just 40 microns thick, and 99.4% lighter than the aforementioned enamelled one.
Two high powered LEDs point upwards, and we then use a lightweight periscope optic to bounce the light towards the rear. The result is, amazingly, the smallest and brightest high mounted stop light in the world. Periscope optics, a staple in submarine technology but not commonly used in the automotive industry, are also used in the indicators. The aerodynamic demands of the body left no room for traditional indicator housings.
Without in any way spoiling its sublime silhouette. Yet again, we had a problem that had no previous solution in the automotive industry. No windscreen with that level of curvature had ever required a wiper. Our search took us to the US space program. Only a supplier for NASA could provide the from-another-planet performance we were looking for. A single blade.
Responding like a reflex to live inputs from driver, road and aerodynamic load, to bleed off excess downforce and keep it within limits the tyres can take. A technical marvel with seventeen different actuators powering the hydraulics. As well as three different controllers – skyhook, groundhook and aerohook – finetuning damping force to improve the dynamics of its Formula 1™ derived double wishbone suspension. Arming the Aston Martin Valkyrie with virtually no body roll.
That is, it’s the sidewards acceleration of the car, felt in corners as you turn. The higher the g, the more mechanical grip the car has during cornering. And as we all know, the better the grip, the better the performance. Most road cars produce between 0.6 and 0.7g. Top-of-the-range sports cars tend to top out at around 1.1g.
By starting impossibly small. Cosworth took the idea of a humble straight three and effectively developed a quarter of an engine. This allowed them to test and develop the combustion system they wanted to use on a scaled-down and more precisely manageable platform. When everything from chamber shape to valve angles and compression ratio was perfected, they took the resulting straight three, put another end to end, then two more back to back, to create the basic configuration for this V12 marvel.