The AM-RB 001 hypercar – a joint project of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies – has been talked about much in the automotive world since it was officially announced in the middle of 2016. But as announced, AM-RB 001 is just a codename of the new hypercar. The true and actual name of the AM-RB 001 had remained a mystery up until recently, when the partners announced that they have baptized the hypercar as the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
This continues the lineage of Aston Martin’s V cars, starting from the Vantage in 1951. Monikers starting with the letter V are usually reserved for highly desirable cars whose engineering and performance capacities have been taken to the ultimate levels.
There was the Vantage, the Virage, the Vanquish and the Vulcan. Now, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is continuing this naming tradition, as derived from ancient Norse mythology.
As another ultimate Aston Martin, the new hypercar deserved a name that fits its uncompromising nature. In Norse mythology, Odin is the god of war and death and chief of Aesir gods. He has a group of female helping spirits called Valkyries, which choose who may die and who may live in a battle. These ladies ride to a battlefield and – as choosers of the fallen -- select half of those who died to be taken to Odin’s place of the afterlife, the Valhalla. In choosing the Valkyrie name for the new AM-RB 001, Aston Martin is declaring that the hypercar is chosen by the Gods.
Nearly a year since Aston Martin and Red Bull announced the hyper project, they were able to pick more technical partners – all working alongside Adrian Newey and David King, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, respectively. Cosworth will be in charge of designing and building a high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, which will be rated to deliver around 1,000 hp – enough to achieve a very ideal 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. With this, the Valkyrie is theoretically able to sprint from zero to 200 mph (322 km/h) in under 10 seconds while reaching a top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h). This V12 engine will be mated to a bespoke seven-speed paddle-shift transmission from Ricardo and will be complemented by a lightweight hybrid battery system from Rimac.
Composite leader Multimatic -- also part of the One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan projects – will be constructing the hypercar’s carbon fiber MonoCell. Alcon and Surface Transforms will take charge of the lightweight, high performance brake calipers and carbon discs while Bosch will develop and supply the bespoke Engine Control Unit (ECU), Traction Control Unit (TCU) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems. Lighting systems will be provided for by Wipac, in the form of full LED headlamps and tail lamps.
Aston Martin and Red Bull plan to build a total of 175 examples of the Valkyrie – 150 units will be street-legal while 25 will be track-focused. If you’ve been planning to acquire one of those, don’t get your hopes up since all of them have already been sold. Aston Martin and Red Bull plan to commence deliveries of the Valkyrie in 2019.