The Aston Martin Valhalla is an upcoming sports car developed by British manufacturer Aston Martin in collaboration with Red Bull Racing. The mid-engined car has a plug-in hybrid powertrain and is meant to sit below the flagship Valkyrie track-focused sports car and is intended to be more usable as an everyday car.

Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin Valhalla
ManufacturerAston Martin Lagonda plc
Also calledAston Martin AM-RB 003 (developmental name)
Production2019 (AM-RB 003 prototype)
2023 (planned)
Model years2025-
AssemblyEngland: Gaydon, Warwickshire
DesignerMiles Nurnberger
Adrian Newey
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutRear mid-engine, all-wheel drive
RelatedAston Martin Valkyrie
Engine4.0 L Mercedes-AMG M178 LS2 twin-turbocharged V8 (production model)[1][2]
3.0 L Aston Martin TM01 twin-turbocharged V6 (concept model)[3]
Electric motor2x permanent magnet synchronous electric motors (1 Rear and 1 Front)
Power output1,000 PS (735 kW; 986 hp) (concept model)
950 PS (699 kW; 937 hp) (production model)
Transmission8-speed Graziano dual clutch
Hybrid drivetrainPHEV
Battery150kW/400V Rimac KERS hybrid battery system
Kerb weightLess than 1,550 kg (3,417 lb)

Overview edit

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 public introduction as it uses many technologies first implemented in the Valkyrie. The final name of the car was revealed to be Valhalla. Namewise, the Valhalla follows numerous previous Aston Martin models tradition of starting with the letter "V".[4] Like the Valkyrie, the name "Valhalla" also has its origin in Norse mythology.

The concept's aero design was a unique FlexFoil rear wing. The wing could change the car's downforce without changing its angle of attack; it is integrated into the bodywork and is claimed to generate no drag or aerodynamic turbulence.

The concept's interior has space for storing luggage behind the seats, a centre console and a phone mount for the driver. The car shares the race-inspired steering wheel from the Valkyrie and features unique wing shaped paddle shifters on the steering column. The car also has dihedral doors for easy entry and exit. As of July 2021, the production vehicle's interior had not been publicly revealed.[5]

The chassis is a variation of the carbon fibre monocoque chassis of the Valkyrie with the body panels being produced from the same material. The chassis will be produced by Aston Martin while the aerodynamic body panels will be produced at Red Bull Racing. The car is planned to weigh less than 1,550 kg (3,417 lb).[6][7]

When initially announced, 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 engine was intended to be designed and developed in-house by the company and will use the Castrol Nexcel 90-second oil change system first used in the track-only Vulcan. The car is the first road car to use such a system. The exhaust system uses dual outlets which are placed on top of the car, similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder.[8][9] However, in July 2021, the Valhalla's production form debuted and featured an extensive redesign from the concept form, including switching engines from the in-house V6 to the Mercedes-AMG M178 LS2 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in conjunction with two electric motors, among many other changes. The new powertrain will develop 950 PS (699 kW; 937 hp).[10]

Production edit

The car entered in 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 examples with an estimated price of US$800,000 (GB£580,000).[10][11]

Appearances in media edit

The Valhalla appears briefly, sitting in a wind tunnel at Q-Branch in the James Bond film No Time to Die, though the vehicle itself is not used.[12]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Aston Martin Valhalla Production Model Gets Hybrid V8 With 937 HP". Motor1. 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ "New Aston Martin Valhalla is mid-engined 937bhp super-hybrid". Autocar. 15 July 2021.
  3. ^ Dobie, Stephen (24 March 2020). "The Aston Martin Valhalla will get a very special V6". Top Gear. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  4. ^ Im, Jimmy (28 June 2019). "James Bond will drive this $1.2 million Aston Martin hypercar in the next film — take a look". CNBC. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  5. ^ Carson, Sean (15 July 2021). "New Aston Martin Valhalla supercar revealed with 937bhp hybrid power". Auto Express. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Aston Valhalla: specs of production version revealed". Car Magazine. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  7. ^ "2024 Aston Martin Valhalla Full Details". EvLegacy. 14 March 2023.
  8. ^ Turkus, Brandon (5 March 2019). "Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Is Valkyrie Refined". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ Silvestro, Brian (5 March 2019). "This Is the AM-RB 003, Aston Martin's Mid-Engine Hypercar". Road & Track. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  10. ^ a b Duff, Mike (15 July 2021). "937-HP Aston Martin Valhalla Has an AMG Engine and a Bargain $800,000 Price". Car and Driver. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Aston Martin Valhalla makes debut at Monterey Car Week". Evo Magazine. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  12. ^ Thompson, Chris (26 June 2019). "Aston Martin confirms the next three Bond cars for 25th 007 film". Which Car. Retrieved 7 October 2019.

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