Red Bull has confirmed that its involvement in the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar road car project will continue despite the company’s shift in status with the British marque.
On Friday morning it was announced that billionaire Lawrence Stroll, the owner of the Racing Point Formula 1 team, had bought a £182m ($240m US) stake in Aston Martin.
This will result in Aston’s F1 involvement deferring from Red Bull, which the company has sponsored for the past four seasons, to Racing Point ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Following the announcement, Valkyrie developer Red Bull Advanced Technologies issued a statement outlining its position in relation to the project which started with Aston Martin four years ago.
The statement read:
“Following the announcement that Aston Martin’s title partnership with Red Bull Racing will conclude at the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season, Red Bull Advanced Technologies will continue to work with Aston Martin on the Valkyrie project.
“Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin entered into an Innovation Partnership in 2016 to design the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, which completed its first running demonstration at last year’s British Grand Prix.
“The development of the two-seater mid-engine Valkyrie remains a key project for Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with the first batch of the 150 road-going cars due to be delivered to customers at the end of the year.”
No word has been made on the status of the Aston Martin Le Mans Hypercar race program, which will use the thousand-horsepower production Valkyrie as its base.
Race program updates have been sparse, although an Aston Martin spokesperson recently told Sportscar365 that the manufacturer is running “full steam ahead” for its anticipated debut at the start of the 2020-21 FIA World Endurance Championship in September.
The Valkyrie road car made its public dynamic debut at Silverstone last July and has been testing at the same venue in the time since.