Adrian Newey describes the Aston Martin Valkyrie as "an innovative piece of engineering art". That statement says so much about his whole approach to automotive design, whether he's sitting at his famously old-school drawing board sketching out Red Bull's latest Formula 1 car, or something like this: an astonishing piece of design and engineering created with a suitably route-one aim of being the fastest road car ever made.
It's no secret the Valkyrie was born from Christian Horner's desperation to hang on to the employment of his friend, who was being courted heavily by Ferrari at the start of the hybrid era before the Valkyrie project was conceived.
Red Bull's technical director has been at the team since 2006, by far his longest stint in one place - and naturally, being the creative man he is, Newey was getting itchy feet. Horner knew he needed something extra, to keep the architect of Red Bull's F1 success away from Maranello.