Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V12 Engine Goes Up to 11
Aston Martin is currently busy working on the V12 engine of its upcoming limited-production hybrid hypercar in the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Working alongside longtime technical partner Cosworth, the new V12 engine is “the ultimate expression of the internal combustion engine,” and that’s because its maximum rpm figure reportedly goes up to 11–or 11,000 rpm to be precise.
That’s right, the 6.5-liter, 65-degree-angle V12 engine of the Aston Martin Valkyrie has a certified peak power output of 1,000 hp (or 153.8 hp-per-liter!) at 10,500rpm, “before continuing on to a maximum rpm figure of 11,100“–figures that are unprecedented for a naturally-aspirated, emissions-compliant road car application–with peak torque at 740 Nm at 7,000 rpm.
According to the British car manufacturer, while turbocharging the engine offers significant and widespread benefits, the development of the Valkyrie called for a normally-aspirated engine from the start, saying that “the greatest driver’s car of the modern era demands an internal combustion engine that sits at the absolute pinnacle for performance, excitement and emotion. “
Let’s not forget though that what we’re talking about here is the Valkyrie’s internal combustion engine, and since it’ll be a hybrid with a battery hybrid system, its performance figures have yet to be reached.
“Being asked to create a naturally aspirated V12 engine fit for what will surely be one of the most iconic cars of all time is an immense source of pride for Cosworth,” said Cosworth Managing Director Bruce Wood. “Decades in F1 taught us to expect a pretty demanding specification from someone with Adrian Newey’s unsurpassed track record, but when we started talking about specifics of power, weight, emissions compliance and durability combined with ever harder and sometimes conflicting targets, we knew this would be a challenge like no other.”