AM-RB 001 hypercar gets officially named as Aston Martin Valkyrie

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2017

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.

Press Release

THE ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE: AM-RB 001 HYPERCAR TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE GODS

The revolutionary hypercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001, has now been officially named the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

The name continues a fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars. This began back in 1951 with Vantage, which was selected as a name to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Boasting 125bhp versus 105bhp for the standard engine, the Vantage represented a significant increase in performance and desirability. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5.

It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right. Twelve years later the acclaimed family of V8 and V12-powered models has made the Vantage the most successful model in Aston Martin’s history.

Virage, Vanquish and the Aston Martin Vulcan - Aston Martin’s very own God of fire - are more recent ‘V’ cars to continue this lineage. Now, seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to another level.

For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valkyrie perfectly captures the drama of what is not only the ultimate Aston Martin, but the ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance: “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

While it’s name is rooted in ancient mythology, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a pure expression of modern technology. By bringing together Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, project partner AF Racing and some of the world’s leading technology partners, the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises otherworldly performance befitting of its name.

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