The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is definitely one of the new cars that the automotive world is waiting for. With a total output of whooping 1,130 hp from its immensely dynamic powertrain, the Valkyrie is touted as a hypercar from the gods, and Aston Martin is making a case of it by posting official images of this new creation on Instagram.
Aston Martin released not just one but three official images of the Valkyrie on Instagram. One of these images show the Valkyrie as viewed from top, while another presents the hypercar from the side. Aston Martin was also kind enough to offer a glimpse of the interior of the Valkyrie. The British carmaker said the cabin of the new Valkyrie is minimalistic.
As the image show, the interior of the hypercar is dipped in carbon fiber. Interestingly, the driver takes on a reclined “feet up” position once he or she is behind the steering wheel of the Valkyrie, as inspired by the current Formula 1 race cars.
Valkyrie continues the lineage of Aston Martin’s V cars, which commenced from the Vantage in 1951. Aston Martin has always reserved “V” monikers for highly desirable cars whose engineering and performance have reached the ultimate levels.
There was the Vantage, the Virage, the Vanquish and the Vulcan, and now the Valkyrie, which name is derived from ancient Norse mythology. In Norse mythology, Odin is the god of war and death as well as the chief of Aesir gods. He commands a group of female helping spirits called Valkyries, which have the power to choose who may die and who may live in a battle. These ladies ride to a battlefield and choose half of those who died to be taken to the Valhalla, which is Odin’s place of the afterlife.
Courtesy of technical partner Cosworth, Aston Martin is giving the Valkyrie around 1,130 hp worth of output, as made possible by a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine with a KERS-style electric drivetrain. This V12 engine will be paired to a bespoke seven-speed paddle-shift transmission from Ricardo – as designed by Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey -- and will be complemented by a lightweight hybrid battery system from Rimac.
Christian Horner, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal, told Motor1 in October that Valkyrie is now in the final stages of simulation. Horner disclosed that they will commence testing of the actual Valkyrie by the end of this year or early 2019.
Aston Martin plans to build a total of 175 examples of the Valkyrie – 150 units will be street-legal while 25 models will be track-focused. It would be better for those planning to acquire one of these models to give up, as all of them have already been sold, each for around $3.2 million. Deliveries of the Valkyrie are set to commence next year.