In order to expand even further on its hypercar programme, the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider has been revealed as an open-top alternative to the coupe. Just 85 units of this new product will be offered to exclusive customers and deliveries will commence in the second half of next year.
Revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider promises an open-top experience that ensures the core experiences that remain true to the British manufacturer. Like the coupe, this example benefits from unique engineering solutions born from the combined talents of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Using a naturally aspirated 6,5-litre V12 with a rev limit of 11 100 r/min, the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider boasts a power output of 850 kW and 900 N.m of torque. No 0-100 km/h acceleration figure has been stated but it claims that, with the roof removed, the hypercar will reach a top speed of 330 km/h. With the roof attached, it’ll go all the way to 350 km/h.
Using an ultra-lightweight construction and high downforce aerodynamics package, the brand claims that the Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider will achieve a downforce pressure of 1 400 kg at 240 km/h.
The same driver focused cabin as found in the coupe sits at the heart of Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider. This includes the Formula One-inspired low hip-to-heel height and near-central seat positioning, along with a six-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.
The open-top hypercar features a removable lightweight roof comprising of a single carbon fibre central panel that latches onto the tub at the rear and to the windscreen surround at the front. This is supported by a pair of polycarbonate roof windows that are 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 as well.
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.