After initial details were confirmed last year, Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ joint hypercar has been named after the Norse mythical figure Valkyrie
A cool name can make or break a car before it even turns a wheel, and if judged on this alone, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie is already off to a good start. It continues the company’s tradition of cars beginning with a V, following on from the likes of Vantage, Vulcan and Vanquish with a name taken from Norse mythology.
We first got a taste of Aston’s new hypercar last year, at the time called AM-RB 001, which boasted an interesting partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies – with Legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey playing a large role in the design.
Newey has had a huge role in the design of the road car – his first. He’s also been working closely with Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, as well as VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.
Featuring a new high-revving V12 engine mounted midship, Aston Martin claims a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. The engine is currently being developed in conjunction with Cosworth, and rather than going turbocharged, it’s a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre unit, fitted with a lightweight hybrid battery system.
On display at the Geneva motor show, Aston has confirmed that it has partnered with Michelin to supply the hypercar with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. The perfect match for road and track work, the Cup 2s will be 265/35 R20 up front, and 325/30 R21 at the rear for maximum traction.
Aston Martin says this is a car that offers an ‘unprecedented fusion of form and function’. The company says that the Valkyrie is engineered to be usable and even enjoyable on the road. Thanks to Newey’s input, the new hypercar is capable of producing ‘unprecedented levels’ of downforce, mainly due to clever underfloor aerodynamics. The clever work under the skin has allowed the outside of the Valkyrie to be kept free of wings and spoilers.
The suspension will be an advanced inboard pushrod operated set-up. Although unconfirmed at this point, it’s likely to be active and extremely sophisticated. The project also features several other well-known technical partners, with Ricardo developing the new transmission, and Multimatic constructing the carbon fibre monocell structure.
As a fully bespoke offering, the Valkyrie will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon, in the same building that housed One-77 production. Aston is thinking of building between 99 and 150 Valkyries, and it’s thought that prices are thought to come in at around the £2-3million mark. A further run of 24 track-only versions – said to offer performance comparable to LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes – is also planned.