Future Models - Aston Martin 2018 Valkyrie
Geneva show: Aston confirms Valkyrie name
Monstrous Red Bull-partnered hyper-car to be branded Aston Martin Valkyrie
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8 March 2017
ASTON Martin has dropped the protracted and awkward AM-RB 001 codename for its
forthcoming hyper car and confirmed that the vicious vehicle it is developing
in partnership with the Red Bull Formula One team will be officially entitled
The decision continues the quintessentially British car-maker’s tradition of
naming its most potent production vehicles with monikers starting with the
letter V, following in the tyre tracks of Volante, Vantage, Virage, Vanquish
and Vulcan variants.
So-called ‘V cars’ were slapped with a name starting with V to identify them as
higher-performance variants of more standard cars, starting in 1951 with the
Vantage version of its DB2, although it is understood the Valkyrie will be
outrageously fast in both track and road varieties.
Aston is clearly implying that its eagerly anticipated F1-derived coupe has the
potential to demolish its rivals with the Valkyrie name, which is taken from
Norse Mythology and means “chooser of the slain”.
Until the first set of concrete facts surface regarding the Valkyrie’s
performance, it is not possible to identify a clear rival but Mercedes-AMG’s
imminent Project One hypercar would be an obvious opponent with, it too,
directly benefiting from Formula One technology.
Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman explained that the naming of
such a significant vehicle was an important part of the process but Valkyrie
was a fitting title.
“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning,” he said. “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
The Valkyrie will officially launch in 2018 with just 150 road versions and 25
track cars rolling out of the Aston Martin specialised manufacturing facility
in the United Kingdom.
Little is known about the model’s construction or drivetrain but a
high-revving, naturally-aspirated V12 engine, full carbon-fibre construction
and a power-to-weight ratio of one brake horse power per kilogram of weight has
previously been confirmed.
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