Alonso to drive Aston Martin special at Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Alonso to drive Aston Martin special at Goodwood Festival of Speed

He will drive the Aston Martin Valiant on FOS' second day

Fernando Alonso will take part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, having confirmed he will drive an all-new Aston Martin up the legendary hillclimb.

Alonso will be driving the Aston Martin Valiant at Goodwood on the event’s second day, Friday 12th July 2024, a car that was personally commissioned by Alonso himself.

Powered by a 745PS 5.2 litre Twin-Turbo V12 engine mated to a bespoke 6-speed manual transmission, the Valiant has taken inspiration from Alonso’s 22-year F1 career.

Having been designed and crafted by Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin division, the Valiant has been created as a one-off special edition.

Speaking about the car, Alonso said: "Valour was a spectacular celebration of Aston Martin's 110th anniversary, and stirred me to create a more extreme, race car inspired version that was track-focused, while also delivering a thrilling drive on-road.”.

"Valiant is born from my passion for driving at the limit and I have enjoyed working closely with the Q by Aston Martin team on both the design and technical specification and believe we have created a masterpiece."

Aston Martin's Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman added that the Valiant is a true racing thoroughbred. 

"Valiant is an extrovert," he said.

"One look leaves you in no doubt of its intentions. A true thoroughbred aimed at being enjoyed to the full on a racetrack, yet still useable on the road, it takes clear inspiration from motorsport, expressing its character through dramatic, muscular form and a plethora of beautiful, functional details.

"Amongst these are aero disc wheel covers, which are a nod to the mighty 'Muncher' Le Mans car, and a quartet of large diameter titanium exhaust pipes which honour the internal combustion and celebrate the soundtrack of Aston Martin's magnificent V12."

Alonso joins several other F1 drivers at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, including Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo who will be present as part of a celebration for the Red Bull F1 team.

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