Shortly after announcing that the Aston Martin Valkyrie will be competing at Le Mans in 2021 (news that we’re very excited about) Aston Martin have put out the news that the Valkyrie’s ‘baby brother’ now has an official name – Valhalla.
That’s right; Aston Martin’s next hypercar will join the iconic line of Aston Martins that begin with a ‘V’ – a tradition that is now in its seventh decade, after originally being seen in 1951 on the high performance variants of the DB2 and becoming a model in its own right in 2005. Taken straight from Norse mythology, the word means ‘warrior’s paradise’ and gives you a little bit of insight into what the brand expect from Valhalla.
Speaking of the name Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said:
“Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention … they do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story.
“Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme,”
But what actually is Valhalla? Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the previously named AM-RB 003 is a mid-engined hypercar that follows in the footsteps of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing’s incredible Valkyrie. It’s the third model to come from the partnership, taking aerodynamic lessons from the previous pair whilst becoming a little less race focused and more road-friendly.
That’s not to say that the newly named Valhalla is going to be a tame thing; it’s actually going to be quite the opposite. You see, whilst it will feature a more spacious cabin, a wider centre console, LMP1 style doors (to make access easier) and additional space for luggage, it will still be powered by a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with added electric power and it’ll still be highly-focused on track performance.
Sadly, as with our initial report on Valhalla, we can’t share any performance figures with you yet … because none have been announced. That said, if you want to get a bit tinfoil hat, it’s worth noting that Red Bull’s Formula One engine is also a twin-turbo V6 with hybrid power and that Aston Martin have mentioned that they would like to build Red Bull’s engines in the future. Pure conjecture but it’s nice to imagine.
Aston Martin say that all 500 examples of the Valhalla will be built alongside their new mid-engined Vanquish (shown here in green), with design aspects and the engine filtering from the Valhalla and on to that future production supercar. You can read all about the new Vanquish Vision Concept in our Geneva report here.