Aston boss Andy Palmer gives hint of engine note of Valkyrie's F1-style naturally aspirated Cosworth engine
James Attwood, digital editor
3 October 2018

Aston Martin has released the first audio clip of the 1130bhp, naturally aspirated 6.3-litre Cosworth V12 engine that will power its Valkyrie hypercar.

Company boss Andy Palmer issued a tweet containing an audio clip of the engine, which will make the Valkyrie the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated road car. Palmer described it as "the sound of 'THE' GREAT British car company'. It is likely to be the engine running on a dyno at Cosworth.

Technical details of the engine were briefly tweeted by Cosworth in August. Although that post was removed shortly afterwards, it was spotted by Road and Track. This power figure puts it well in excess of the 992bhp minimum that Mercedes-AMG claims for the Project One hypercar, as well as the less hardcore McLaren SennaMcLaren's upcoming Speedtail three-seater is likely to be a near match for the Valkyrie's power output, although that car won't chase track performance, but is pitched instead as an 'all-rounder' hypercar. 

The Valkyrie will use a Formula 1-inspired energy recovery system (ERS) to harvest kinetic energy from braking, with Croatian electric car maker Rimac supplying lightweight hybrid batteries. Cosworth's tweet suggests that, with this ERS, the car's total power figure could exceed 1130bhp. 

The Valkyrie was last shown in its most production-ready form yet in a promotional shot with tennis player Serena Williams, with headlights on the car for the first time. 

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In the shot, real headlights replaced the placeholders on previous development cars, and while we believe they will make it onto the production car, they have not been confirmed by Aston as the final pieces. 

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At the time, the car was around 90% production ready, according to an Aston spokesman; the remaining 10% is likely to be final tweaks to the car's aerodynamics as development of the lights and other road-essential features are rounded off. Up to 1816kg (4000lb) of downforce is mooted by Aston sources to be generated at top speed, helping it to "lap Silverstone as fast as an F1 car", according to Aston boss Andy Palmer.

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The forthcoming hypercar, which has been co-developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, will use a seven-speed automatic gearbox that's designed and built by Ricardo. The British firm has experience that spans from motorsport to building engines for McLaren road cars.

The supply deal between Aston and Ricardo is another piece of the puzzle in the production of 150 road-going and 25 track-only Valkyries commencing next year.

No pricing has been revealed, but a figure of £2-3 million is mooted. First deliveries are due in 2019, while the more hardcore Valkyrie AMR Pro arrives in 2020. 

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Previously referred to by its internal codename AM-RB 001, the V12 model will be built on a carbonfibre Monocell provided by long-standing Aston partner Multimatic. The car's kerb weight is therefore expected to be less than one tonne, and Aston backs this up with claims for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

Braking will be handled by Alcon and Surface Transforms calipers and carbon discs, while Bosch will supply the engine control unit, traction control unit and electronic stability program systems. The tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s wrapped around 20in and 21in wheels. Wipac, a British LED lighting manufacturer, has developed the car’s headlights and tail-lights.

Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey said of the partners: “Much like in Formula 1, designing, engineering and building a car like the Valkyrie is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people.

“Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together, we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”

Aston vice-president David King said: “Making the Valkyrie presents huge challenges. It’s a real test of everyone involved, but that’s as it should be, for we’re genuinely raising the bar with this car. That’s what makes the project so special, and why having the right technical partners is so critical.

“Some of those names we’re working with are long-standing suppliers of Aston Martin, but there are some new names in there, too. Whether forging fresh partnerships or building on existing relationships, this project is a shared engineering adventure that we’re all relishing.”

The Valkyrie name stems from Norse mythology and translates to ‘chooser of the slain’. Aston chose the name to signify the car’s role as its most potent product yet.

Chief creative officer Marek Reichman said: “The 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 experience.”  

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19 February 2017
Perhaps the next version will use Volkswagen's W configuration engine.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

6 March 2017
Sounds great but I can't begin to understand how they can have a 6.5 V12 and hybrid and come in 500+ kilos lighter than a very similar sounding LaFerrari that with fluids is nudging 1600kg according to real world tests (not the comedy gold 1200 odd that Ferrari claims). Surely this is impossible.

6 March 2017
....because Maranello doesn't have Adrian Newey.....

BertoniBertone

6 March 2017
....because Maranello doesn't have Adrian Newey.....

BertoniBertone

6 March 2017
....because Maranello doesn't have Adrian Newey.....

BertoniBertone

7 March 2017
[quote=jmd67]Sounds great but I can't begin to understand how they can have a 6.5 V12 and hybrid and come in 500+ kilos lighter than a very similar sounding LaFerrari that with fluids is nudging 1600kg according to real world tests (not the comedy gold 1200 odd that Ferrari claims). Surely this is impossible.[/quote]-------- It is just the v12 that produces 900bhp, the hybrid system will add to this figure. 1:1 ratio with a v12 near impossible? Not for the team developing this, but we will have to wait and see

7 March 2017
[quote=jmd67]Sounds great but I can't begin to understand how they can have a 6.5 V12 and hybrid and come in 500+ kilos lighter than a very similar sounding LaFerrari that with fluids is nudging 1600kg according to real world tests (not the comedy gold 1200 odd that Ferrari claims). Surely this is impossible.[/quote]-------- It is just the v12 that produces 900bhp, the hybrid system will add to this figure. 1:1 ratio with a v12 near impossible? Not for the team developing this, but we will have to wait and see

jer

6 March 2017
can optmise the laws of physics but not really write them. A battery is a battery a road going v12 is a lot of metal.

7 March 2017
How... Lightweight will the hybrid batteries be? Batteries are never lightweight and that is why so few supercars used them (yeah you the holy trinity). Perhaps I may be wrong unless proven otherwise.

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8 March 2017
Just how high is the redline? This thing is going to sound like a 90s F1 car. Lovely.

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