Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Debuts Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Mar 07, 2017 10:44 AM EST | Yen Palec

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British automaker Aston Martin recently confirmed the name of the company's upcoming V12 hypercar. Inspired by the maidens of Valhalla from the Old Norse folklore, the hypercar is named Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Prior to Aston Martin's confirmation, the Valkyrie was only called by its internal company codename AM-RB 001. The name Valkyrie, which translates to "Chooser of the Slain," was probably picked by Aston Martin in order to highlight just how powerful its upcoming hypercar is.

In a statement acquired by Auto Car, Aston Martin chief executive officer Marek Reichman said, "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 honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience."

According to The Telegraph, the Valkyrie is a joint project by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. The hypercar is expected to house the naturally aspirated Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 which produces a mind-numbing 900bhp. This massive engine is backed up by a seven-speed gearbox from Ricardo.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is built using carbon fiber components MonoCell which is provided by Multimatic. The Valkyrie is expected to weigh less than a ton and Aston Martin claims that the hypercar will boast a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

As a hypercar, the Valkyrie is expected to pack an F1-inspired energy recovery system in order to harvest and store the kinetic energy produced when braking. Electric car manufacturer Rimac is expected to supply the Aston Martin with the needed light hybrid batteries.

Only 150 road-legal and 25 track units of the Aston Martin Valkyrie will be built. First deliveries are expected to rollout in 2019.

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