The White Wolf of Aston Martin Valkyrie

The White Wolf of Aston Martin Valkyrie

Born from the partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the Aston Martin Valkyrie represents the expression of the uncompromising pursuit of performance.

WHY THE NAME VALKYRIE?

It was given the codename Nebula – an abbreviation of Newey, Red Bull and Aston – but it didn’t stick, because “Aston like their ‘V’ names”.

The name continues a fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars. It began back in 1951 with Vantage. The name was selected to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5. It represented a significant increase in performance and desirability.

Aston Martin DB2
Aston Martin DB2 (1950-1953)
Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin DB5 (1963-1966)
The White Wolf of Aston Martin - Valkyrie

The name remained reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right.

Virage, Vanquish and Vulcan are more recent ‘V’ cars to continue this lineage. Seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to another level.

For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Office, Marek Reichman, Valkyrie perfectly captures the drama of what is the ultimate Aston Martin. The ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance: “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”  

While its name is rooted in ancient Norse mythology, the Valkyrie is a pure expression of modern technology.  

With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to redefine the limits of road car performance. 

ASTON MARTIN PERFORMANCE

Aston Martin Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain delivers a testimony to the technological capability of the team’s cutting-edge development techniques.

Key to the car’s unprecedented track performance are its lightweight construction and high-downforce aerodynamics. The combination ultimately resulted in a car that weighs 1000kg, yet is capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce.

  • New naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre 65° V12 produces 1000bhp
  • Maximum RPM – 11,100 
  • Hits all programme targets for emissions compliance and durability
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie boasts maximum power of 1,160bhp @ 10,500rpm and peak combined torque of 900Nm at 6,000rpm
  • Naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 alone delivers 1,000bhp @ 10,500rpm and 740Nm @ 7000rpm
  • Battery-electric system by Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd. delivers additional 160bhp and 280Nm

DESIGN

The limited edition British hybrid hypercar design is a passionate story of someone who wanted to give life to an ambitious idea. Adrian Newey’s vision was simply to create the fastest road car he could. Knowing his background as a Formula One engineer and designer, I find this car really interesting from an aesthetic perspective. Naturally, the collaboration between all parties involved resulted in a road car very similar to racing cars.

However, let’s take a look at some features such as the gullwing doors. They were a necessity to allow the passenger and driver to sit and stand straight up because of the size of the aperture.

Take a closer look at the rectangular F1-like wheel, the golden details are nice and the overall is ultimately very functional!

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