The Valhalla: Production Starting 2021
Striking images of the upcoming Aston Martin Valhalla being tested have recently been released to the public prior to its official launch in 2024. Comparable to the delayed release of the Acura NSX in its second iteration, the DBX has faced numerous obstacles on its route to production. It was first revealed in 2019 as the AM-RB 003 yet quickly sold out, necessitating a heightened manufacture to fulfill customer demand.
Originally limited to just 500 units at the hefty price of $1.5 million each, the Valhalla was powered by an in-house-developed twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a KERS system. However, production was increased to 999 units and the power unit was swapped out for something even more powerful. The Valhalla will now feature a “bespoke” twin-turbo flat-plane V8 engine (sourced from Mercedes-AMG), combined with three electric motors to produce an impressive 998 horsepower going out to all-wheel-drive. This car is sure to be an absolute savage.
In the most recently published imagery, we have a fresh view of the highly-anticipated Aston Martin Valhalla. Although still in its prototype form and disguised with a camouflage cover so as to conceal particular details, the new images allow us to get a better understanding of the F1 inspired technology integrated into the car. Not only is this our first glimpse of Aston’s Drag Reduction System at work, but you can also see the active wings at the front and back which are capable of being either raised or lowered, alongside the extra miniature diffusers built directly in front of the rear wheels.
Aston Martin contends that the Valhalla creates 1,323 lbs of downforce when traveling at 150 mph, or on the other hand, to accomplish a much higher maximum velocity, this number can be decreased. Since it isn’t restricted by Formula 1 regulations, it comes fully equipped with more dynamic aerodynamics than an F1 automobile. To assess its performance, this vehicle underwent testing with identical Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel trials as those used by Aston Martin’s Formula 1 squad.
Previously released images of the auto display a sheer inside that endeavors to achieve a similar position to an F1 seat setup. Though the floor lifts near the pedals to provide the driver a better footing point, it also aids Aston Martin establish the roofline to appear lower. This vehicle’s cabin seems somewhat bigger than the Valkyrie, but we certainly can’t describe it as a grocery-procuring supercar.
Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll will participate in the adjustment of the Valhalla, thus attaining the rigorous requirements top-notched Formula One racers demand. With production slated to start in 2024, Aston Martin should divulge more information as the Valhalla approaches its availability for purchase.