First, the Aston Martin Valhalla is an upcoming mid-engine Plug-in hybrid sports car developed by British manufacturer Aston Martin in collaboration with Red Bull Racing. The car is meant to sit below the flagship Valkyrie track-focused sports car and is intended to be more usable as an everyday car.
The car is a result of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. Initially called AM-RB 003, the project name for the car was revealed to be the “Son of Valkyrie” at the car’s first introduction as it uses many technologies first implemented in the Valkyrie. The final name of the latest Aston is Valhalla. The name continues the tradition of naming Aston Martin cars beginning with the letter “V”.
Built with chassis, aerodynamic, and electronics expertise forged in Formula One®, and a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology at its heart, Valhalla is a formidable technological showcase. Yet far from engineering the driver out of the loop, Valhalla’s sole focus is immersing them in a new kind of supercar driving experience.
Valhalla heralds a new definition of Aston Martin. With a mid-engined 950PS hybrid powertrain, new carbon fiber structure, and aerodynamics inspired by the pioneering philosophy first seen in the revolutionary Aston Martin Valkyrie. Valhalla will bring the perfect balance of hypercar performance and advanced powertrain, driving dynamics, and uniquely sophisticated design materials to truly redefine the supercar sector.
The engine of the Aston Martin Valhalla
When initially announced in 2019, the car was planned to use a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 engine as opposed to the V12 on the Valkyrie but would share the KERS system from the flagship sports car. A combined output of those two would be around 1,000 PS (735 kW; 986 hp). The exhaust system uses dual outlets which are placed on top of the car, similarly to the Porsche 918 Spyder.
However, in July 2021, the Valhalla was extensively redesigned, including switching engines. So, at the beating heart of Valhalla is debuting the all-new PHEV powertrain, which features three motors. Foremost of these is a rear-mid-mounted 4.0 liter twin-turbo bespoke V8 engine. The most advanced, responsive, and highest performing V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin. It is revving up to 7200rpm and developing 750PS.
What supports this new V8 engine is a 400V battery hybrid system, contributing a further 204PS. When driven in EV mode – battery power is directed exclusively to the front axle. When used in different driving modes – battery power is split between front and rear axles. In certain situations, 100% of the battery power can be sent to the rear axle. Supplementing with the full force of the ICE V8 for maximum performance.
Running in EV-only mode, the Valhalla will be capable of reaching a 130km/h top speed and has a zero-emission range of 15km. The predicted CO2 emission by WLTP is less than 200g/km. Unleashing all 950PS, the Valhalla will reach a top speed of 217mph / 330km/h and complete the sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds.
The Story of the Name
But what this mysterious Valhalla name means? In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s field Fólkvangr. There is no doubt that Aston Martin loves Norse mythology since their previous hypercar was named Valkyrie.
Production and Price
Finally, the car is planned to enter production in 2023. It was originally slated for a limited production run of 500 examples starting at $1,000,000. However, as of August 2021, the Valhalla will be limited to 999 models with an estimated price of US $800,000. But things can change anytime due to supply chain jams.
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