Say Hello to the Valkyrie, the Next Aston Martin Hypercar
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Sterile alphanumeric characters be gone. The hypercar collabo between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing is no longer known as the AM-RB 001. It is now the Valkyrie.
Aston Martin says the Valkyrie takes it name from the Gods. It gets its heritage from decades of Aston Martins whose names start with the letter V, starting with the original Vantage performance variant of the DB2 back in 1951 and continuing with later machines such as the Virage, Vanquish, and the all-out, track-only Vulcan.
There are no hard and fast numbers for the Valkyrie yet, but we assume it will pull and perform just like that – hard and fast. Thanks to an Aston Martin press release, what we do know is that the Valkyrie will be powered by “a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.”
Let’s do a little math to take a stab at what kind of numbers the Valkyrie could put out, using the last Aston Martin hypercar, the One-77, as a starting point. The One-77 weighed 1,630 kg (3,594 lbs) and generated 750 horsepower. It’s logical to assume the Valkyrie will outgun and weigh less than the One-77. Even though the Valkyrie will be “built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure,” it’s highly unlikely it will weigh anywhere close to 800 kg. The McLaren P1 tips the scales at 1,547 kg (3,411 lbs); the Koenigsegg One:1 weighs in at 1,360 kg (2,998 lbs). Even if the Valkyrie ends up being lighter, such as 1,200 kilos, given Aston Martin’s stated ratio, the Valkyrie should crank out just as many horsepower. If it’s heavier than that, it’ll just be even more powerful.
Aston Martin (and Red Bull Racing) will only produce 99-150 road-legal Valkyries and 25 track-only versions. Deliveries will start rolling out of Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory in 2018.
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