If you’ve been following the development of the forthcoming hypercar being jointly created by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, then I’m sure you’re aware of how insane it is. It gives the term ‘hypercar’ a whole new meaning thanks to its incredibly special design and dynamics. But the uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve had a rather boring name of ‘AM-RB 001’ till now. However, Aston Martin’s greatest car to be ever built has a new name and it’s just as evocative as the car itself. Behold the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the word Valkyrie comes from Norse mythology which was a name give to “a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla.” “This is about female power. It’s being chosen. It’s the ultimate honor,” said Marek Reichman, chief creative officer for Aston Martin, in an interview.
Along with the name, some more information was made public at the Geneva Show. The Valkyrie will wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, measuring 265/35 at the front and 325/30 at the rear. It will be put on lightweight magnesium alloy wheels featuring race-spec center-lock nuts to further reduce unsprung mass. A 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine created by Cosworth will power the car giving it a possibly one-to-one horsepower-to-kg ratio. It is rumored that Aston will sell just 175 cars, with each running about $3 million.