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Aston Martin Valhalla: Sensational Hybrid Supercar Redefining The Mastery Of Driving

HighLifeChannel October 18, 2021
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Led by Aston Martin’ss CEO, Tobias Moers, Valhalla is the latest and most significant product of the brand’s Project Horizon strategy to date. A car that will broaden the model portfolio to reflect Aston Martin’s presence in Formula One®, set best-in-class standards for performance, dynamics and driving pleasure, and drive the transition from internal combustion to hybrid to fully electric powertrains.

Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin’s Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll, said: “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 OneTM Team and marks Aston Martin’s return to the British Grand Prix for the first time in over 60 years, a true milestone.”

With a mid-engined 950bhp gasoline/battery-electric powertrain, new carbon fibre structure and aerodynamics shaped by the pioneering philosophy first seen in the revolutionary Aston Martin Valkyrie, Valhalla will bring the perfect balance of hypercar performance and advanced powertrain, driving dynamics and uniquely sophisticated design materials to truly redefine the supercar sector.

 Valhalla is a formidable technological showcase built with chassis, aerodynamic and electronics expertise forged in Formula One® and a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology at its heart. Valhalla’s sole focus is immersing in a new kind of supercar driving experience, one which brings unprecedented excitement, enjoyment, and driver engagement to the top of the supercar sector.

At the beating heart of Valhalla is its all-new PHEV powertrain, which features three motors; foremost of these is a rear-mid-mounted 4.0 litre twin-turbo bespoke V8 engine. The most advanced, responsive, and highest performing V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin features a flat-plane crankshaft for increased responsiveness. Revving to 7200rpm and developing 750PS, it sends drive exclusively to the rear axle. Exhaling through a lightweight exhaust system with active flaps for an adjustable and authentic Aston Martin sound character, it also features top-exit tailpipes to maximise visual and aural drama. Supplementing this new V8 engine is a 150kW/400V battery hybrid system utilising a pair of E-Motors, one mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle. The electric system contributes a further 204PS for a headline combined power output of 950PS. Running in EV-only mode, Valhalla will be capable of a maximum of 80mph / 130km/h and has a zero-emission range of 15km.

Aston Martin Valhalla

Ralph Illenberger, Head of Powertrain Engineering, said: “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.”

With a target dry weight of less than 1550kg Valhalla will have an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio compared to its class rivals. Benefitting from a flow-down of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar’s Formula One® inspired aerodynamic philosophy, Valhalla employs a combination of active aerodynamic surfaces – specifically the front surfaces and rear wing – and masterful management of underbody airflow through dramatic venturi tunnels. At 150mph, Valhalla’s meticulously sculpted aerodynamic surfaces generate an impressive 600kg of downforce, enough for strong high-speed cornering ability and unshakable stability. A distinctive roof scoop feeds air directly into the V8 engine’s intakes, with additional side and rear intakes and vents integrated smoothly into the overall body design.   

The luxury brand’s first series production mid-engined supercar will be available in both left-hand and right-hand drive, expanding its appeal across international markets. An innovative new Aston Martin HMI system features a central touchscreen display and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

 For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valhalla is an opportunity for the Aston Martin design team to express extreme performance with new form and proportion and to capture the brand’s bold future-forward approach: “When we created the Valhalla concept we were keen to emphasise 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.”

 Valhalla is a new generation Aston Martin, and it defines a new driver and driving experience – ‘the Mastery of Driving’, a true ultra-luxury, exclusive, British supercar.

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