Valkyrie poised to deliver killer blow

Riley Riley

Valkyrie was the name of a plot to take out German dictator Adolf Hitler during the Second World War.

It’s also the name of Aston Martin’s new hybrid monster which the company confirms pumps out a massive 865kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its V12 hybrid powertrain.

The heart of the matter is a clean sheet Cosworth-built, 65 degree, naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine.

Recalling ultra-high-revving F1 engines of the 90s, but with two decades of technical progress thrown in, it sets new standards for maximum rpm and weight.

With a certified peak power output of 746kW at 10,500rpm, the V12 revs all the way to a redline of 11,100rpm.

Aston Martin claims this is a world first for a naturally-aspirated, emissions-compliant road car.

Peak torque meanwhile is 740Nm at 7000rpm.

But, remember, these are the maximum outputs for the V12 engine alone.

A KERS-style boost system, like those fitted to F1 cars, sees the hybrid system contribute an additional 120kW of power and 280Nm of torque to the equation.

The battery pack integrates all relevant sub-systems and serves as the carrier for the vehicle’s power electronics.

In addition to its Power Boost and Energy Recovery System functions, the E-Motor aids the mechanical performance of the gearbox.

The car weighs just 1030kg with fixed windows to save weight and each car will be tailored to the owner, with a custom seat created using a 3D body scan.

“Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the ultimate hypercar in the automotive world and these performance figures underline that statement,” Vice President & Special Vehicle Operations Officer, David King said.

Development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues under the guidance of Aston Martin Lagonda, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.

You can be sure of one thing, Valkyrie is going to be quick if nothing else.


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