Aston Martin Valkyrie Hits The Road
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a limited production hybrid sports car built collaboratively by British manufacturer Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and several other manufacturers. Aston Martin has never had a hypercar with its name on it, this changes with the launch of the Valkyrie, an aerodynamic, performance-themed speedster. Aston’s vehicles are typically marked by their extremely elegant, simple and understated design, but the Valkyrie is anything but understated with its over-the-top styling. The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain produces a staggering 1160 horsepower. Pricing starts at $3 million, and production is extremely limited. Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing put their heads together to develop a track-oriented car entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car.
The Valkyrie joins the Aston Martin lineup for the 2020 model year. It takes its name from ancient Norse mythology, the valkyries being the spirits who decided the fates of men in battle.
The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain consists of a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic transmission directs power to the rear wheels. Alone, the V-12 delivers 1000 horsepower, while the battery-electric system—designed by Rimac and Integral Powertrain—contributes an additional 160 horsepower. Combined, the power sources produce a total output of 1160 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque.
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie AMR Pro features the same powertrain, but the V-12’s calibration has been tweaked to boost output. The AMR Pro has a lighter curb weight than the road car, and Aston claims that it’s capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie excitement continues. Testing of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has moved from the track to public roads in the United Kingdom. Following the success at Silverstone Racetrack, Aston Martin took their Valkyrie to the roads surrounding the famous track.
Aston Martin intends to build just 150 units of the Valkyrie, including 25 examples of the track-only AMR Pro version. The cars cost £2.5 million each. Company boss Andy Palmer believes there was enough interest in the vehicle, that he could have taken 900 reservations for them. Deliveries start in the second half of 2020.
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