Aston Martin has announced the name of its latest hypercar – Valkyrie.
Known until now as the AM-RB 001, the car – described by Aston Martin as "revolutionary" – was developed in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (hence the 'RB' element of the code name) and is due to be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show tomorrow, Tuesday 7.
It's the latest in a long line of Aston Martins with names that begin with 'V'. Since the Vantage badge appeared in 1951, the manufacturer has used Vanquish, Virage, Volante and Vulcan.
Valkyrie is a word plucked from Norse mythology – valkyries are female figures who take fallen warriors to Valhalla, the 'hall of the slain'.
“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer.
The Valkyrie-Old Norse “Chooser of the slain”. Female figures who select who die in battle. Half of the slain go to Valhalla; ruled by Odin— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) March 6, 2017
“They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin 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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