Aston Martin reveals details of Valhalla hybrid supercar

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The Aston Martin Valhalla was first shown as a concept car at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show where it was introduced as the AM-RB 003. Today, the luxury British automaker reveals the hybrid supercar in a form that could better represent the final production version.

Part of the brand’s Project Horizon strategy, the Aston Martin Valhalla is set to broaden the company’s Formula 1-inspired model portfolio.

“Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, Valhalla is a truly transformational moment for this ultra-luxury brand. The launch of Valhalla demonstrates Aston Martin’s commitment to building a range of exceptional mid-engined driver-focused cars, a crucial next stage in the expansion of our product line-up. It also seemed fitting to unveil this stunning track-biased supercar at the home of motorsport and the home of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team and marks Aston Martin’s return to the British Grand Prix for the first time in over 60 years, a true milestone,” said Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll.

Propelling the Valhalla is a PHEV powertrain that features three motors: a rear-mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and a pair of e-motors, one mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle. All motors are linked to an eight-speed DCT transmission.

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The powertrain setup allows the hybrid supercar to generate 963hp, reach a top speed of 330kph, and go from standstill to 62mph in just 2.5 seconds. Aston Martin believes that the Valhalla can set a record of 6:30 at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

“Valhalla is our first opportunity to really show what we are capable of in a true production sense. We have created our own bespoke air-to-air charge-cooled, flat-plane crank V8 engine and have combined it with a powerful hybrid system. And, of course, we also have our own bespoke dual clutch transmission — a first for Aston Martin and an essential component both for Valhalla and future Aston Martin models. The result is a truly world-class powertrain for an efficient, ultra-performing supercar,” said AM Head of Powertrain Engineering Ralph Illenberger.

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Stopping power will come from high-performance Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes (complete with brake-by-wire technology) says Aston Martin. The Valhalla will ride on bespoke Michelin tires (20-inches front, 21-inches rear) developed specifically for the hybrid supercar.

Because the Aston Martin Valhalla was designed to be more road-friendly than the track-focused Valkyrie, the carmaker made the Valhalla in both left-hand and right-hand drive models. Cabin size has been increased, making it a more comfortable daily driver although several Formula 1 touches still remain. These include the pared-back cockpit design, the new Aston Martin HMI system, adjustable pedals and steering columns, as well as raised footwells.

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Safety features fitted in the Valhalla include Auto Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Active Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear View Parking Camera (with Surround View option).

“When we created the Valhalla concept, we were keen to emphasize the design legacy of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and that intent remains unchanged, but the execution has evolved considerably in order to reach production of this all-new car. Though the legacy of Valkyrie is clear, Valhalla is now a more mature, fully resolved piece of design — one which combines the pure aerodynamic function you would expect from a marque competing in Formula One together with the beautiful form, striking proportions, and exemplary detailing for which Aston Martin is renowned,” said Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman.

Photos from Aston Martin

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