Aston Martin has released their new mid-engined hybrid supercar – the Valhalla.
Aston Martin said the car will help them broaden their model portfolio to reflect their presence in Formula One
Lawrence Stoll, Aston Martin’s Executive Chairman, said: “The launch of Valhalla demonstrates Aston Martin’s commitment to building a range of exceptional mid-engined driver-focused cars.”
This indicates a change from Aston Martin’s current design focus, which is front-engined cars.
The Valhalla is powered by a hybrid set-up with two electric motors and a V8 engine.
Its mid-mounted 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 550kW, with this power sent to the back wheels.
One electric motor is then attached to the front axle and the other to the rear, adding a combined 150kW. The result is a total output of 700kW and 1,000Nm.
An all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is used to manage this power, and allows the Valhalla to accelerate from 0-100km/h in only 2.5 seconds.
Aston Martin said it is aiming to test the car’s performance by achieving a 6:30 Nurburgring Nordschleife lap – with the current record for a production car 6:43, held by the Porsche GT2 RS.
The Valhalla also has the ability to use only its electric motors for drive, and when doing so can travel up to 15km and reach speeds of up to 130km/h.
Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman stated the design of the Valhalla captures the brand’s bold future-forward approach while staying true to Aston Martin’s traditional design features.
The Valhalla has taken design cues from both the Valkyrie and Formula One, such as being built around a carbon fiber tub – which is rigid while having a low weight.
A Formula-One-style suspension is used along with adaptive dampers, and a front axle lift system is fitted, too.
In terms of the design elements taken from the Valkyrie, the Valhalla and can produce 600kg of downforce at 240km/h.
Another Valkyrie design feature present on the Valhalla is the use of a roof scoop for its engine air intake.
Not much has been revealed about what Aston Martin has fitted on the inside of the Valhalla, but we were provided with details on its features list.
This includes LED headlights with high-beam assist, as well as dual-zone climate control.
Multiple driving aid features are also included, such as auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, active cruise control, and a rear view parking camera.
Aston Martin had not provided official pricing at the time of writing.