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Supercar Blondie shows off $1.2 mil James Bond Aston Martin Valhalla

Published: 29/Jan/2020 20:10 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 16:55

by Brent Koepp

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Australian star Alex ‘Supercar Blondie’ Hirschi got her hands on the 2020 James Bond No Time to Die vehicle, and  gave viewers a detailed look why the Aston Martin Valhalla is a jawdropping $1.2 million.

With James Bond No Time to Die set to hit theaters in April 2020, fans eagerly anticipate any information on the popular British film which stars Daniel Craig, and Oscar winner Rami Malek.

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However, a popular Australian YouTuber has received the Aston Martin Valhalla early, and has given viewers an in-depth look at one of the stunning vehicles that will be featured in the latest installment of the spy franchise.

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The latest James Bond film No Time to Die will release on April 10, 2020.

An in depth look at James Bond’s 2020 Valhalla

One of the staples of the long running spy series is exotic cars, which No Time Die will be sure to live up to with the announcement that the film will be using the $1.2 million dollar Aston Martin Valhalla.

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Supercar Blondie showed off the exotic car and explained, “Aston Martin for the very first time moved the engine to the front to the back, so now it’s a mid engined hyper-car. And now it kind of takes on the look of what you would consider a hyper-car should look like.”

Going over the vehicle’s eye-popping features, they detailed the hybrid “turbo-charged v6 engine,” but also explained how the supercar has a feature where the carbon fiber FlexFoil rear wing on the back actually bends at high speeds. “It’s actually bending. This is aerospace technology, developed with NASA,” they said.

Another futuristic function on the car is the removal of traditional mirrors in favor of cameras mounted on the side. “This one does not have wing mirrors. There is a camera, the best thing is that it’s aerodynamic,” the car enthusiasts explained while showing the side of the vehicle.

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The Valhalla is an offshoot of the $3 million dollar Aston Martin Valkyrie, which they joked, laughing at the eye-watering price tag. “The Valkyrie is over $3 million dollars. A little out of range. But this one they call the son of Valkyrie, because it’s kind of a baby version. And it’s a bargain for $1.3 million dollars. Just pocket change!”

To top it all off, the car maker also lined the seat with unique material that was used in the war. “This material is called ballistic nylon. It was first developed in World War II for airmen, who would wear it in a jacket. It would protect them from the debris that flies at them when bullets are fired,” they explained.

(Timestamp 03:58 for mobile users.)

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The Australian YouTuber revealed that only 500 of these supercars are being made, making them truly one of a kind. Assuming you are rich enough to even attempt to purchase this, they go into production in 2021 in Warwickshire, England.

President of Aston Martin, Dr. Andy Palmer, first announced the car’s inclusion in the 2020 James Bond installment in June 2019, tweeting, “Aston Martin Valhalla will star in Bond 25, the latest instalment in the 007 franchise.” It will also include other vehicles from the manufacture including the DB5, and the V8.

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Whether Bond himself will be driving the mouth-watering car is still unknown, as the Supercar Blondie revealed that the 007 creators wouldn’t comment, meaning another character could be taking the driver’s seat.

No Time for Die was originally set for a 2019 release, but after several changes in production, got moved to 2020, and will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and is said to be Daniel Craig’s last stint as the iconic spy.

Despite the fact that most of us couldn’t even come close to affording this dream of a car, it will no doubt be an absolute visual feast when captured on theater screen in April.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
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Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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