In addition to being one of the lightest cars on the road, the Valkyrie will also be one of the smallest. Despite this, Aston Martin promises that the cabin, though tight, will be able to fit two 98 percentile adults. Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman is well over 6.0 feet tall and fits comfortably in the Valkyrie.
Access to the cabin is via small, Le Mans prototype-style gullwing doors. To enter, you step onto the seat and then slide in and adopt a reclined feet-up position just like in a modern F1 racer. A 4-point harness comes as standard, while an optional 6-point harness will be offered for those who intend to do more track driving. Oh, and the seats will be tailored for each buyer.
To keep things as simple as possible, all switchgear is located on the steering wheel, with all the vital signs shown on the main display located on the wheel’s hub. The steering wheel is also detachable, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an additional security device.
Three additional screens feature on the dash. A screen at the base of each of the A-pillars serve as side mirrors, with cameras on the exterior replacing the conventional side mirrors in order to eliminate unwanted aerodynamic disturbance. Similarly, since there’s no rear windshield, a rearview mirror has also been replaced by a camera and screen.
Aston Martin will start testing prototypes later this year. The company plans to build just 175 examples. Of these, 25 will be track-only versions. A reveal will take place sometime during 2018 and the first deliveries are scheduled for early 2019. By then, Mercedes-AMG will have launched its own hypercar.