Coming from the Old Norse, Valkyrie (valkyrja) is the chooser of the slain. It’s a position of great power and responsibility. Aston Martin is moving closer to production of the Valkyrie. The car builder released detailed specs of the primary motivator, the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 1,000 hp. You read that correctly, 1,000 hp 10,500 rpm. Aston wanted a natural aspirated engine from the conceptualization of the project. The engine was originally code-named AM-RB 001. Aston Martin paired up with renowned engine turner Cosworth Engineering to develop a 65-degree 6.5-liter V-12 that revs to 11,100 rpm and makes 1,000 hp at a stratospheric 10,500 rpm. Torque has nearly half at 546 lb-ft, arriving at a 7,000 rpm. The Valkyrie will be a hybrid hypercar, so an electric motor will be installed to complement the 12-cylinder gas engine. More details on the Valkyrie’s hybrid system at a later date.
Looking inside the Valkyrie’s internal combustion engine, the V-12 produces 153.8 hp per liter, which is an amazing amount for a naturally aspirating car. The engine weighs 454 pounds. It is conserving weight with machined out of solid aluminum or titanium billet, including the crankshaft, connecting rods, and F1-spec pistons. The Valkyrie’s crankshaft is 50 percent lighter than the One-77’s. The car itself will weigh in between 2,200 and 2,400 pounds, and have a power ration of 1:1. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission by the gearbox specialists at Ricardo Engineering. Rimac is providing the hybrid battery system, which Aston Martin isn’t revealing many specifics. However, with Rimac, the drivetrain will definitely be productive. There will be a limited production to 150 units for the standard Valkyrie, and only 25 of the track-only AMR Pro variant. This legend will cost $3.2 million when it finally arrives in 2019.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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