Aston Martin Valhalla PHEV supercar revealed

Staff Writer

Aston Martin’s new Valhalla supercar is an aggressive mid-engined Ferrari SF90 Stradale competitor, equipped with a hybrid V8, concept car appearance and chassis settings inspired by Formula One racing.

  • Valhalla uses AMG’s 750-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engine that works in conjunction with two electric motors

  • With active aerodynamics, it is said to produce 600kg downforce at 241kph

  • Valhalla will be launched in the international market in the second half of 2023

Aston Martin Valhalla: Overview

According to the company, as Gaydon’s first plug-in hybrid model, Valhalla “heralds the new definition of Aston Martin.” This is also the first new model launched under the guidance of the new CEO Tobias Moers, and is an integral part of his bold brand “Horizon Project” transformation plan. According to the plan, Aston will launch “more than 10 cars” by 2024, including the closely related but weaker Vanquish supercar Valhalla and the ultra-exclusive V12 engine Valkyrie supercar.

In Valhalla’s two-year transition from the RB-003 Geneva concept to production, one of the biggest impacts was the F1 team supported by Aston’s new factory. It is said that the knowledge learned from it covers almost all aspects of the car. Appropriately, it was shown for the first time at the team’s Silverstone headquarters on the eve of the British Grand Prix, which is Aston’s first race in 61 years.

Aston Martin Valhalla: Powertrain

It is worth noting that, unlike the concept car of 2019, Valhalla is not powered by the custom V6 developed by Aston Martin as originally planned. The development of the 3.0-liter engine would even exceed the 725hp output of the DBS Superleggera’s V12, but it was cut shortly after Moers took over, because, he said, because it does not meet the Euro 7 standard, “another huge investment is needed. Too big to be achieved”.

Instead, Valhalla followed Aston’s Vantage and DB11 coupes with a power system provided by technology partner Mercedes-Benz. More specifically, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 from the AMG Performance Department can generate approximately 750 horsepower in this application at 7,200 rpm, and drive the rear axle through a brand new custom 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox , The gearbox will also be used in other future Aston Martin models.

Like AMG’s new GT Black Series, Valhalla’s V8 is equipped with a flat crank and is said to be “the most advanced, responsive and performance V8 engine ever installed on Aston Martin.” It also breathes through a light exhaust system that drains from the top of the rear deck and contains adjustable flaps, giving “true Aston Martin sound characteristics.”

Technically speaking, the most obvious difference between Valhalla and Aston’s current sports car is the use of a pair of electric motors, one on the rear axle behind the mid-mounted V8 and the other on the front axle—combined to produce 204hp The total power given to Valhalla is 950 horsepower-only 36 horsepower less than its closest competitor, the same conceived Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Aston believes this is sufficient for a time of 0-100 km/h 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 330 km/h, and the crucial Nürburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

Like the SF90, the Hall of Valor only uses the front motor to drive in pure EV mode, which can travel 15 kilometers at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour, but under normal driving conditions, electricity is distributed to the two axles as needed to supplement the output of the V8. It also fully reverses in electric mode, reducing weight by eliminating the need for the traditional reverse gear in the 8-speed DCT. The reverse gear is equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential to improve traction and agility, and can provide two gears immediately Allow EV and internal combustion engine to run at the same time.

Aston Martin Valhalla: chassis, aerodynamics and suspension

Housing the new powertrain is a customized carbon fiber bathtub that provides “maximum stiffness and minimal weight loss.” Aston Martin stated that the target dry weight of 1,550 kg will enable Valhalla to “have an unparalleled power-to-weight ratio compared to similar competitors”, while enhancing aerodynamic body elements-including the huge Venturi channel below And active front splitter and rear wing-inspired by Valkyrie’s F1 style setting, it is said to produce 600 kg of downforce at a speed of 241 km/h.

The front part adopts a push rod suspension, and the rear part adopts a multi-link device. The damper and spring are installed on the inner side to reduce the unsprung mass. The entire setup becomes stronger and “significantly” lowered in track mode, and can be raised at low speeds to clear the speed bumps.

Aston Martin Valhalla: Styling

By using more subtle body elements to enhance downforce, Aston Martin’s designers can control the overall profile more freely without the need for the striking wings, air intakes and exhaust ports of Valkyrie. The design is simpler, more clearly centered on the road, and very different from the conceptual design.

The protruding roof shovel, the front hinged dihedral corner door, the swooping rear deck and the integrated rear wing still exist, but the new treatment of the front, rear and sides brings the supercar in line with its more mainstream siblings. For example, the front uses a wrap-around version of Aston’s iconic grille, for example, under the larger, rounder matrix LED headlights, while the rear diffuser has been significantly lowered to achieve a more production-friendly setting. There is also a more angular side skirt, a sharper side vent design, and obviously there are rearview mirrors, which are not available in the show car. At the same time, the production-specification wheels have a front diameter of 20 inches and a rear diameter of 21 inches, and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman explained how the different positioning of Valhalla and Valkyrie requires a unique design approach: “When we created the Valhalla concept, we were keen to emphasize the design heritage of Aston Martin Valkyrie. This intention remained the same, but The execution of this brand-new car has been greatly developed. Although Valkyrie’s legacy is obvious, Valhalla is now a more mature and fully resolved design work.”

Aston Martin Valhalla: Interior

It is expected to become a similar story. Aston Martin has not yet demonstrated a production-specification cabin, but claims that Valhalla will provide a “simplified cockpit design with clear and simple ergonomics and shameless attention to the driver.” It will be more spacious than Valkyrie, adding infotainment touch screens such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone air conditioning, rear-view cameras and a series of advanced driving assistance devices to enhance its ability on the road.

Aston Martin Valhalla: launch and pricing

Valhalla is now ready to go on the market in the second half of 2023. Aston Martin F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll are asked to provide feedback on the car’s dynamic performance.

Prices and availability have not yet been announced, but Reichman said at the concept unveiling ceremony of the Geneva Motor Show: “If Valkyrie is the best, then Valhalla is the best, priced at 1 million pounds (approximately 10.32 crore).” Earlier this year, Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Gregor confirmed that Valhalla’s deposits accounted for “a big chunk” of Aston’s 2020 deposit balance of £296 million (approximately Rs 3,054 crore).

Aston Martin in India

British brand Launch of the new Vantage in India As early as 2018, the price started from Rs 2.95 crore. Recently, the brand’s first SUV—— Aston Martin DBX – Launched in India, starting at Rs 3.82 crore.Aston Martin’s India series also includes DB11.

See also:

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