Aston to attempt Valkyrie Nurburgring record?


Remember when eight-minutes-something was damn fast for a road car at the Nurburgring? Not any longer. Now even something in the low sevens won't raise many eyebrows; a lap solidly in the sixes is the only way to attract real attention. And that could be all set to change again, if an Aston Valkyrie laps the Nordschleife...

In an interview with Carsales over Le Mans weekend, Aston CEO Andy Palmer said a 'ring lap wasn't that important, but that "in some markets, I'm thinking China strangely, a time around the Nurburgring is important to the prowess of a supercar." So while the Valkyrie doesn't have lap time supremacy as a primary development goal, Palmer reckoned that "we'll probably end up setting a time." Which is rather exciting, given all that we know about the upcoming hypercar.


Perhaps best of all, Aston will not go about its lap in the conventional fashion, ensuring exclusive use of the track and waiting for optimum conditions: "I'm thinking maybe we'll do something cool - like turning up to an open session, something crazy like that", said Palmer. Even at a car park that familiar with seeing exotic cars, a Valkyrie would be some arrival.

So just how fast could it go? Christian Horner suggested the Porsche 919 Evo's phenomenal 5:19.5 could be under threat, a barmy idea but presumably not outside the realms of possibility given the power, weight and aerodynamics. Really, anything less than six minutes would be an achievement beyond what many considered previously possible for road cars. But then, as we're very quickly learning, the Valkyrie isn't exactly like any other road cars.



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  • RumbleOfThunder 20 Jun 2019

    "So just how fast could it go? Christian Horner suggested the Porsche 919 Evo's phenomenal 5:19.5 could be under threat, a barmy idea but presumably not outside the realms of possibility given the power, weight and aerodynamics".

    Christian is a lying bd. laugh

  • jonby 20 Jun 2019

    Of course all this talk of track times depends partly on which version they are talking about

    There will be at least 4 versions of Valkyrie that we already know of - the 'standard' road car, the standard road car with the optional track only aero pack fitted, the track only AMR Pro and then the WEC (Le Mans) race car.

    The track pack alone is stated to give 8% better lap times, which would take a lap time of say 6 minutes 20 seconds for the standard car to 5 minutes 50 seconds for the track pack equipped car. In turn the AMR Pro could then be challenging that 919 time. Obviously we've no idea what the standard car is capable of but it would surely shave 20 seconds off the GT2RS Manthey time ?



    Edited by jonby on Thursday 20th June 16:29

  • phil4 20 Jun 2019

    Honestly, think CH is just trying to help sales/image.

    Something which was designed without "lap time supremacy as a primary development goal", to be road legal, and to sell for a few million vs a race car, that has almost it's only goal as lap time supremacy, was beefed up from the racing regs so not even race legal, isn't road legal and not made to a budget/cost in even vaguely the same ballpark.

    Won't happen.

  • RacerMike 20 Jun 2019

    RumbleOfThunder said:
    "So just how fast could it go? Christian Horner suggested the Porsche 919 Evo's phenomenal 5:19.5 could be under threat, a barmy idea but presumably not outside the realms of possibility given the power, weight and aerodynamics".

    Christian is a lying bd. laugh
    From what I understand about the car, it's actually possible he's not! They're talking about 5G under braking and genuine F1/LMP1 levels of downforce on trace. Barmy and utterly pointless to all but a very very small number of owners as most will not have anywhere near the ability to get more than 10% of the performance out of the thing!

  • B17NNS 20 Jun 2019

    For Palmer to say a 'ring lap isn't that important is pure folly. Relevant to the real world? Of course not. Crucial for the Valkyrie. Absolutely.

    It wasn't long ago that Aston were showing off their simulator where journalists (PH included) were lapping Spa a whole 25 seconds quicker in the Valkyrie compared to 'generic' supercars.

    Valkyrie is going to be a true reset point for this part of the market

    If the car is to live up to Aston's hype only total domination at the Nurburgring will do.

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