Aston Martin Unveils F1-Inspired Valhalla Hypercar
Exactly 999 of these nearly 1,000-horsepower hellions will be produced beginning in 2024.
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie supercars are already out and about—including this track-only AMR Pro version on offer from RM Sotheby’s. But the flagship’s more road-oriented little brother, the Valhalla, has only been seen by most in No Time to Die, where it had a very brief background cameo in M’s wind tunnel.
Until now, anyway, as Aston Martin just revealed the Valhalla’s final form, along with an exorbitant $800,000 price tag. As The Drive notes, that lofty ask is justified at least partially by the fact that Aston Martin F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll aided in its development.
“Valhalla represents Aston Martin’s first joint development integration between our road car engineers and Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One team’s F1 engineering capabilities through Aston Martin Performance Technologies and demonstrates Aston Martin’s breadth of capabilities with the technical support and expertise of Formula 1,” said Marco Mattiacci, the brand’s Global Chief Brand and Commercial Officer of Aston Martin.
As such, the Valhalla features a fair amount of F1-derived technology, including Drag Reduction System (DRS)-style rear and front wings, a carbon fiber bucket seat that can be positioned like an F1 car’s, and vortex-generator-like louvres on the sill, which help generate 1,323 pounds of downforce at 150 mph.
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There’s also an F1-inspired snorkel that feeds the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, built especially for the Valhalla. Combined with two electric motors mounted on each front wheel and a third mounted to the transmission, the powertrain sends 998 horsepower to all four wheels.
“Valhalla will use active technologies to reduce the gap between the ‘Gentlemen driver’ and the professional one on track. Having open access to the knowledge within the AMF1 team has been a huge advantage for us as we develop this incredible car,” added Carlo Della Casa, Aston Martin Product Development Director.
More details will be revealed after the first running prototype hits the road later this year and before production begins on the first batch of 999 examples in 2024.