YouTuber 19Bozzy92 was in the right place at the right time to test the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie prototype at the Mugello Circuit in Italy. The track is very wet, which only adds to the awesome visual spectacle. Sometimes the flow of water coming out of the rear of the vehicle is higher than the sidewall of the track, and you can monitor the location of the car by observing the fog.
The raindrops and the howling of the Valkyrie banshee make for a fantastic combination of sounds. Cosworth’s 6.5-liter V12 sounds like a Formula One car from the 12-cylinder sports era of the early 1990s. The plant produces 1,000 horsepower (746 kilowatts) and spins up to 11,100 rpm. For additional power, there is a kinetic energy recovery system sourced from Rimac. The total system output is 1,160 hp (865 kW).
The water on the track also provides a way to visualize how the Valkyries split the air. You can see how the splitter’s complex shape funnels fluid along the sides of the body and out the back. At about 2 minutes and 5 seconds into the video, you can even see the aerodynamics at work when the rear wing suddenly changes its angle.
Towards the end of the clip, there is an edit at a later time when track conditions are better. Drivers seem to change lap times more quickly, but the action is somehow less exciting. The Valkyrie still sounds great, but the dryer track takes away the drama of seeing the car produce a moving wall of water.
Aston Martin is building 150 regular versions of the Valkyrie for $3.2 million each, and all of them are already on pre-sale. Each example took more than 2,000 man-hours to create. Additionally, 85 open-top Spider units are coming. There are also 40 units of track-only AMR Pro variant on the way.