11,000rpm Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider: Better Than The £2.5million V12 hard-top?

11,000rpm Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider: Better Than The £2.5million V12 hard-top?

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Great news for all those who put a deposit down on Aston’s £2.5million hard-topped hypercar… only to realise they couldn’t fit into Adrian Newey’s snug cabin – it’s the new Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider. Even though it may seem at odds with the aero-obsessed design, might it be a better bet than the Coupe? We sent Magazine’s Editor Jack Rix to investigate. Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

you see with the roof fixed in place the air flow over the top of the car is just as smooth and efficient as you get with the valkyrie coupe and the under body arrow which is where the valkyrie produces most of its downforce is just as effective with these full-length venturi tunnels that come out the back with these arches big enough to drive a train through so with the roof in place top speed 217 miles an hour take the roof off that top speed drops to 205 miles an hour so there is a drag penalty but this idea that chopping the roof off has ruined adrian newey’s aerodynamic masterpiece well it’s just rubbish and as an added bonus you’ve even got these see-through polycarbonate panels on the roof so even with it in place the interior is lighter and brighter now you might disagree with me but in my book front hinged dihedral doors beats the gold wing rabbit ear jobbies you get on the coupe and here’s how they work there’s a latch here at the front click that and the door pops up then you’ve got another little leather strap behind the wheel here and that lifts up this roof panel and then you have the option of removing the roof panel entirely so i can do that on my own i think by pulling this latch lifting it up at the back there we go slots out the front and you carry it off to place it somewhere on a velvet pillow and then you put it back in for this bit i might need a glamorous assistant that’s all right because you have to guide it into a slot of the front and then click it down at the back simple as that job done an obvious one granted but because there’s no roof your ears have an unimpeded line to the intake above your head and the exhausts at the back i’ve been for a passenger ride in the coupe and the difference between the basey sound and the cockpit and the blood-curdling shriek you hear outside is stark this should give you a bit of both and therefore permanent goosebumps and therefore it’s better so one of my take-home messages when i took a passenger ride in the valkyrie coupe up the hill at goodwood was it’s quite snug in here very snug in fact which wasn’t so much of a problem for down turner who was driving an eye because well we’re both quite vertically challenged but the good news is if you go for the valkyrie spider you can be tall you can be six six and a half foot and the sky’s the limit i would recommend however that you wet shave your head because it’s about to become an integral part of the aerodynamic package as a bonus though you look a little bit more like adrian newey as for the interior well it’s pretty much identical to the coupe so you’ve got a big central screen you’ve got screens either side for your wing mirrors and not a lot else look this isn’t just some convertible version with the structural integrity of a cheese sandwich this car’s been designed to be as rigid and ruthless as the coupe so for starters it’s got the exact same powertrain 6.5 liter v12 revving to over 11 000 rpm producing 1000 horsepower and then on top of that you’ve got an electric motor integrated into the gearbox for a grand total of 1160 brake horsepower in terms of weight gain well aston hasn’t given us an official figure but they’re saying it’s pretty negligible the carbon tub the structure has been strengthened in places to account for the fact that it’s lost its head the active aero and the chassis electronics they’ve both been slightly recalibrated unfortunately there’s no simulation time for what this might do versus a coupe around the same track but you know what my money’s on makes no difference i mean just look at it in person it’s impossibly low and the lack of roof only accentuates that the shape is defined more by the spaces under the car than the relatively clean surfaces on top but there’s drama everywhere you look and peeling the roof off adds even more so it’s not as rare as the 40 track only valkyrie amr pros they’re going to make but there will only be 85 valkyrie spiders versus 150 coupes and it appears the spider wasn’t part of the initial product pan it’s been added later in the day by new boss to be a smurfs to try and cover some of the gargantuan development costs of this incredible car thank god for spreadsheets okay it’s a tenuous link and one that aston has leaned on quite heavily in its press release the fact that this car doesn’t have a roof and f1 cars don’t have a roof and that brings the two experiences closer together but it might have a point you know because this car is born from one of the great f1 mines it takes an uncompromising route towards being quite possibly one of the fastest road legal cars that’s ever been made i bet if you took one of these to the limit around say silverstone squinted a bit this might be the closest experience any of us mere mortals ever get to feeling what it’s like to drive an f1 car admittedly being more expensive isn’t normally a plus point but in this rarefied arena of hypercar ownership stuff like that matters at your ultra exclusive belair country club in terms of price there isn’t an official one yet but rumors suggest you won’t get much change from 3 million quid that’s compared to 2.5 million quid for the coupe deliveries are slated to start in the second half of 2022 and unfortunately it’s all sold out sorry allocated you

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