Feel the force! Aston Martin Valkyrie’s mega power revealed

By Tom Wiltshire
‘Ultimate’ hypercar will develop up to 1,160bhp and 900Nm of torque from hybrid system

Aston Martin has revealed that its new Valkyrie hypercar will produce 1,160bhp from its hybrid powertrain, as well as 900Nm of torque.

It combines a 6.5-litre V12 engine with a battery-hybrid set-up similar to the kinetic energy recovery system seen on Formula 1 cars.

The engine produces a remarkable 1,000bhp on its own, as well as 740Nm of torque. It was developed in conjunction with Cosworth and Red Bull Racing, and produces its peak power at 10,500rpm ahead of an 11,100rpm red line. It’s also naturally aspirated, producing these incredible figures and remaining emissions-compliant without the need for a turbocharger or supercharger.

The hybrid system comprises an electric motor mounted to the Valkyrie’s gearbox and a battery pack, designed in tandem with electric car manufacturer Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd. It adds a further 160bhp and 280Nm of torque.

The Valkyrie uses manufacturing processes more familiar to racing than the road. For example, the car’s V12 engine is an integral part of the chassis. Its removal completely severs the connection between the front and back of the car.

Most of the car’s metal components – pistons, connecting rods, crankshafts, etc – are milled from solid blocks of metal. Aston Martin has eschewed experimental lightweight alloys, whose longevity remains uncertain, and uses steel, titanium and aluminium instead.

David King, vice-president of Aston Martin’s Special Vehicle Operations division, said: “Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the ultimate hypercar in the automotive world and these performance figures underline that statement.

“I am, as I’m sure the rest of the world is, incredibly excited to see and hear the first of these cars on track.”

No performance figures have yet been revealed for the Valkyrie. Only 99 road-going examples will be built, with a price tag expected to be between £2m and £3m.