It might just be the most bad-ass name ever given to a car: Aston Martin Valhalla.
Naming its ‘junior’ hypercar after the Viking warriors’ paradise is a punchy move, but there are some serious ingredients in the mix.
Like the Valkyrie that sits above it, the Valhalla has been designed with input from genius Formula One car designer Adrian Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. It is designed along the same lines as the Valkyrie as well, with most of the downforce generated beneath car rather on top of it.
Power comes from a mid-mounted “high output” V6 engine and a hybrid system. Figures around the 1,000hp mark are being bandied around, along with a top speed 250mph. That puts it up against the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and McLaren Speedtail and in contention for a Nurburgring lap record.
All of which makes you wonder how much faster the senior Valkyrie can possibly be.
The Valhalla is built entirely from carbonfibre. Aston claims it will a more usable car than the Valkyrie, though “usable” is a relative term when dealing with cars this fast.
A concept of the Valhalla was shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year under its internal codename AM-RB 003. According to Aston, the concept was only 10% away from the finished article.
Aston will also launch a more road-focused mid-engined model, previewed by the Vanquish Vision Concept. That car will use a lower-output version of the Valhalla’s V6 – the Valkyrie has a monster V12.
Aston CEO Andy Palmer said: “Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story. In following the Valkyrie we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection.
“Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme. For those fortunate enough to own one I’m sure they will recognise and appreciate the name’s connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver’s seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla.”
It’s a busy time at Aston Martin. Besides the mid-engined trio, it has also announced plans to race the Valkyrie in the FIA WEC, and has started building the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Then there’s DBX SUV, which is in the final stages of development. And the upcoming Lagonda electric SUV. Not to mention the James Bond-spec DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, and the DBS Zagato. No doubt other projects are being cooked up, too.
By Graham King