Right after the weekend of the Goodwood Festival of Speed showcasing the V12-engined Aston Martin Valkyrie, the company continued its bespoke limited-run supercar unveiling with the Valhalla hybrid supercar.
The stunning mid-engine limited-production supercar was first shown as a sketch concept in 2019, said to only have V6 engine power.
After joining forces with Mercedes-AMG as well as running its own Formula 1 team rather than partnership with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin has now equipped the Valhalla with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and able to pivot from its own F1 racing program even more.
The company says the engine is its most advanced, responsive and highest performance V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin, featuring a flat-plane crankshaft, redlining at 7,200 rpm and delivers 750 hp, 30 hp more than the unit fitted in the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
There is still some time left before the end of the combustion engine so owners, as well as bystanders, can enjoy the aural pleasure carefully crafted from the V8 engine and top-exit tailpipes.
For the electrified portion of this supercar, Aston Martin will place a motor on each axle, making it an electric all-wheel drive set up. The electrical system will run on a 400-volt architecture and the combined system output of the hybrid system is 950 hp.
Paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), the Aston Martin Valhalla will complete the century sprint in just 2.5 seconds, onward to a top speed of 330 km/h. When fully charged, the compact battery will allow the supercar to travel up to 15 km in zero-local emissions.
While the Aston Martin Valhalla sounds like it will compete directly against the 1,000-hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the construction of the chassis makes the British supercar even more glamorous. The Valhalla will be built around a new carbon fibre tub with fixed seats, featuring Formula One-style pushrod front suspension with inboard damper units. The rear axle will have a multi-link design.
Pushrod suspension arrangement allows more precise movement of the wheel and a much more compact packaging of the entire assembly. Response of the steering is also more amplified, benefiting driver enjoyment.
Surprisingly, even with a carbon fibre tub, the Valhalla is not significantly lighter than the series-production Ferrari, targeted to weigh 1,550 kg or just 20 kg lighter than the lightest specification SF90 Stradale. As such, the weight-to-power ratio of the Valhalla at this current performance target is 1.63 kg/hp, just a little worse than the plug-in hybrid Ferrari.
However, Aston Martin is quick to counter back these figures, as the Valhalla will have weight of a different kind that aids with cornering performance- high downforce. Thanks to the front surfaces, rear wing and underbody airflow through venturi tunnels, the Valhalla can generate 600 kg of downforce at just 241 km/h, 54% more than the Italian hybrid supercar.
With all that horsepower and grip, Aston Martin is targeting a Nurburgring Nordschleife laptime of just six minutes and 30 seconds; a good 13 seconds quicker than the fastest production car, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with Manthey Performance Kit.
Dynamic development of the Valhalla will be the task of Aston Martin’s award-winning dynamics team and complemented with an enviable pool of talent which also includes four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenburg, the trio of drivers from the F1 Team.
They will give their invaluable perspective to the project and bring added authenticity to a car which boasts such a clear connection to Aston Martin’s Grand Prix machines.
The name Valhalla denotes a warrior’s paradise in ancient Norse mythology where warriors who die in battle go to rest. It also continues the tradition of Aston Martin “V” cars dating back to 1951 with the Vantage designation was given to the high-performance variants.