Aston Martin Valhalla Hypercar Revealed
As the 2021 British Grand gears up this coming weekend, Aston Martin’s PR team, for once, made the smartest decision it has made in many years. In the run-up to the Grand Prix, they decided to reveal the all-new Valhalla. PR perfection… for once said I. Anyway, Valhalla is a mythical bloodthirsty afterlife where the spirit of dead vanquished Vikings ascends to join their god Odin. In other words, Valhalla is Viking heaven. And the Aston Martin Valhalla hypercar will call upon the spirit of hordes of rampaging Vikings because this is a distilled variant of the $3.5M Aston Martin Valkyrie ultracar.
While the Valkyrie is a disciplined track-focused machine, the Valhalla is setup for the road and designed to be used every day. But it has a starting price of $1M. The irony is, that cars in this price bracket are very rarely driven. They are bought to become part of a collection or bought simply as an investment opportunity. This is a pity because a lot of serious engineering has gone into the making of Valhalla. It deserves to spend its life on the road.
Initially, Aston Martin was planning to develop an in-house V6 turbo hybrid. That stopped when Aston went through yet another period of instability. World’s poorest billionaire, Lawrence Stroll, has shored up Aston Martin’s defences for now. And with Tobias Moers as the CEO Aston Martin can get on with the business of making dreams. The former Mercedes AMG boss opted for a 740bhp 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo which is mid-mounted. This was probably done to reduce time and cut production costs. Supplementing the 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. This provides an extra 201bhp and 4-wheel-drive. Total system torque is rated at 1,000Nm.
Thankfully Aston Martin rejected the folly of using a manual gearbox and opted to fit a bespoke twin-clutch 8-speed gearbox which also houses the electronic differential. In pure electric mode, the Valhalla only does around 5-8 miles at speeds of up to 80mph. That is totally pathetic for a car that is able to top 217mph and bury the 0-62mph time in just 2.5 seconds in full hybrid mode.
The chassis is sprung by formula one derived suspension, pushrod for the front and multi-link for the rears and. Adaptive dampers will give an air-suspension like ride quality. The steering is electronically assisted and the front 20-inch and rear 21-inch Michelin tyres wrap around brake-by-wire are carbon-ceramic brakes. The exterior is made entirely from carbon fibre but that does little to contain the overall mass. The Valhalla has a dry mass of 1,550kg.
The Valhalla’s aerodynamics are optimised to generate 600kg at 155mph. The interior has yet to be revealed, but it will be more luxurious than the Valkyrie. No word yet on production quantities, it appears that the Valhalla is not destined to become a limited edition series. The Aston Martin Valhalla will launch… we don’t know when.