Aston Martin Valhalla, which appeared with its concept model in 2019, has come to the end of the design. The mass production version, designed by staying true to the prototype, will be a plug-in hybrid. The vehicle, which draws attention with its impressive design as well as its high performance, was eagerly awaited by car lovers.
In recent years, there has been talk of Aston Martin having trouble developing engines for its great cars. As the situation was about to escalate, the company was saved when former AMG employer Tobias Moers took over as CEO. Production plans gained momentum after this situation, which put mid-engined supersports in trouble, was overcome.
Aston Martin unveils its hybrid wonder car Valhalla
Aston Martin, who relaxed his hand in developing a magnificent car with his participation in Formula 1, gave its first fruit with Valhalla. In the two years since the concept design was published, the engineers who completed the design of the vehicle published the version that will enter mass production.
The concept car was evidently seen in James Bond’s No Time To Die movie, which was scheduled for release last April. The cinema, which was postponed due to the pandemic, is planned to meet with the audience in November. Cinema is expected to play a valuable role in the promotion of Valhalla.
The vehicle has three power units, one internal combustion and two electric motors. The conventional engine is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Aston argues that the engine was designed specifically for this vehicle. However, some sources say that this power unit is a different version of the V8 used by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
The engine, which produces 740 horsepower, can turn 7,200 cycles. The company describes this engine as the “most advanced, responsive and highest performance” V8 the brand has ever used. Active wings and overhead exhaust system are just a few of the details that make the car quite attractive.
Only 500 will be produced
Aston supported the V8 engine by placing an electric motor on the front and rear axle. Valhalla can reach a speed of 130 km with electric motors that produce a total of approximately 200 horsepower. The range of the electric batteries is 15 kilometers. Although the vehicle is four-wheel drive, it can give 100% of the power back. This can be particularly difficult to keep the car on the asphalt, which together produces a total of 937 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque.
In addition, Aston Martin has announced that Valhalla will accelerate from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 350 km / h. The company states that it is aiming for the Nürburgring race time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds, which is a new record in one-to-one time.
Valhalla uses a specially developed eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The car does not have a conventional reverse gear. Instead, electric motors are used. This innovation saves load while eliminating complexity in the gearbox. In addition, the vehicle has an electronic differential on the rear axle. Aston Martin says the electric motors and the V8 can engage different gears simultaneously. The fact that two different engines take on different tasks at the same time allows the vehicle to react very quickly.
Valhalla being developed together with Formula 1 drivers
When it comes to the style of Valhalla, there are of course some big changes compared to the prototype. However, Valhalla still seems very close to the concept. While going for a cleaner design at the front, the headlights have grown compared to the concept model. In addition, Valhalla is very similar to the LMP1 cars of the famous racing series Le Mans.
Aston Martin F1 drivers Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel are helping develop the Valhalla. It is still unclear when Valhalla will go on sale or how many will be produced. The original plan was only 500 units, but it has been years since… The price of the car has not been announced yet. But it is estimated that it will have a tag of over 1 million dollars.
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