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Step inside the £2.5m Aston Martin Valkyrie

Hypercar's minimalistic carbon fibre-filled cabin officially revealed

Aston Martin has finally revealed interior images of a near-production version of its radical Valkyrie hypercar.

They show a very minimalistic cabin filled with carbon fibre and leather, with seats that appear to be made of thin strips of leather stuck directly on to the floor to minimise the weight.

Passengers and drivers will sit in a "legs up" position, Aston says, which is similar to seating in an F1 car to reduce the size of the cockpit for a lighter and more aerodynamic design.

Most of the car's buttons, such as the indicators and engine settings, can be found on the steering wheel, although the switches for the hazard lights and park brake are located between the driver and passenger.

The cabin also comes with three OLED displays: one located behind the steering wheel; another above the centre console, and the last in front of the passenger. The first acts as an instrument panel, says AutoExpress, while the other two are paired with cameras on either side of the car and behave as wing mirrors, which will come in handy as the large roof-mounted air intake has made it impossible to fit a rear-window.

Aston Martin has partnered with the Red Bull Racing F1 team to develop the Valkyrie, which it hopes it be the fastest production car on earth when it launches in 2019.

It is expected to be faster around a circuit than an F1 car, with 150 road-going examples and 25 track-only versions reaching production.

While each Valkyrie costs £2.5m, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer told Autocar the company will "be lucky if this project washes its face.

"But that's not why we do it, he added, saying the Valkyrie would be "a landmark car that gives you the poster-on-the-wall effect.

"Kids will fall in love with it. Dads will talk about it. It's a symbolic car."

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