Aston Martin Valkyrie Goodwood

The Aston Martin Valkyrie debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Images: Aston Martin

Wish you were here? Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar debuts at Goodwood

The highly anticipated Valkyrie – Aston Martin’s new hypercar – is expected to steal the show at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

Aston Martin Valkyrie Goodwood

The Aston Martin Valkyrie debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Images: Aston Martin

Billed as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed is currently on, in West Sussex, England – and Aston Martin’s new Valkryrie hypercar has just debuted there.

These were Aston Martin’s key points of its participation ahead of the festival which runs until Sunday 11 July:

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed dynamic debut of the highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar;
  • V12 Speedster and Vantage F1 Edition to also make Goodwood debut from the Supercar Paddock;
  • Return to Formula One marked with celebratory “Aston Martin Moment”;
  • Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll will drive AMR21 F1® car today 9 July 2021.

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What Aston Martin said in the build-up  

In its announcement around the festival issued earlier this week, Aston Martin said following the cancellation of last year’s show, it was looking forward to exciting the crowds  at the event, with an array of show-stopping activities.  

“With a long-standing history at Goodwood, the ultra-luxury British manufacturer is pulling out all the stops to ensure fans and customers alike are excited and thrilled at what is set to be one of the biggest public events in the UK since early 2020,” said the iconic British carmaker.

The star of the show

The maker of super spy character James Bond’s awe-inspiring sports cars was at pains to reiterate the debut of its much anticipated hypercar, the aggressive-looking Valkyrie.

“The crowd will be delighted to see – and hear – Valkyrie take on the famous Hillclimb past Goodwood House in the ‘Supercar’ batch,” enthused the Aston Martin team. 

Accelerating from 0-100km/h in under 2.5 seconds and powered by an almighty, naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 865kW, Valkyrie – which will be driven by Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll on Saturday – is surely set to be the star of the show.”

The car we want to see

Dressed in the all-new Satin Aston Martin Racing Green, the equally new Vantage F1 Edition is sure to be one of the biggest drawcards of the festival.

The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition.

Aston Martin says the Vantage F1 Edition — which is the official safety car of Formula 1 —  will be seen sprinting up the 1.9km course with increased power and enhanced performance.

“The Vantage F1 Edition will certainly command attention both on the hill and in the Supercar Paddock,” said the manufacturer.

What else is in the line-up

The V12 Speedster, one of only 88, will also be present in the latest DBR1 Designer Specification, which pays homage to the legendary Le Mans winning car.

Aston Martin V12 Speedster racing heroes.

The Supercar Paddock will also host DB11 and DBS Volante while the First Glance paddock hosts Aston Martin’s highly commended SUV; DBX which will be driven up the hill by Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.

Drivers also include Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers, EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and three-time Le Mans winner Darren Turner who will all make Hillclimb appearances over the weekend.

The Aston Martin’s moments well worth the wait  

“As a celebration to mark the brand’s long-anticipated return to Formula One® with the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM team, and only a week ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, an ‘Aston Martin Moment’ will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

“Led by Valkyrie, the Vantage Official Safety Car of Formula 1, DBX Official Medical Car of Formula 1® and Vantage F1® Edition will make their way up the famous Hillclimb along with the brands historic racing heroes, DBR1 and LM7,” explained the company.

Aston Martin’s F1 line-up.

“LM7 was one of 3 Aston Martin factory ‘Team Cars’ built for the 1931 season, making its debut at the Brooklands JCC Double Twelve, followed by Le Mans – and has raced almost continuously since it was built, including in the annual Mille Miglia,” continued Aston Martin.

Next year will mark a century since Aston Martin made its grand prix debut (in France 1922), but the brand has enjoyed sustained success in sportscar racing throughout its 108-year history, including overall victory in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with the famous DBR1, driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori.

The Aston Martin AMR21.

On Saturday 9 July 2021, the precession will be joined by the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team’s race car, AMR21 which will be driven by none-other than Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver himself, Lance Stroll. 

Taking centre-stage at the festival, the AMR21 will be the only 2021 F1® car to appear at the Goodwood event year.

The festival will be broadcast on ITV and Sky over the weekend.

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