Development of the new Aston Martin Valhalla has shifted up a gear (pardon the pun).
So far we’ve seen the exterior, interior, and know all about its V8 powertrain.
But Aston Martin’s just revealed new details about its upcoming mid-engine supercar.
The British automaker says the car has been developed extensively since the concept with help from its Formula 1 team.
That’s right, drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll – whose father Lawrence bought a stake in the company in 2020 – have helped shape its development.
For example, the Valhalla’s underbody resembles the AMR23 Formula 1 racer in the sense that it also features front and rear wings that can lay flat with a DRS function.
But, unlike the AMR23, the Valhalla isn’t hampered by F1 regulations, meaning it can benefit from fully active aerodynamics.
Apparently, this system can generate over 600 kg (1,322 lb) of downforce at 240 km/h (149 mph).
As well as small slotted louvres on the sill ahead of the rear wheel, acting as mini diffusers to pull airflow out and upwards from under the car, there’s also a roof-mounted snorkel.
This feeds both the engine intake and cooling ducts for the turbo intercoolers.
Powering the Aston Martin Valhalla is a 4.0-liter flat-plane V8 engine which, according to the brand, is bespoke to the car.
It’s combined with three electric motors, two on each of the front wheels, with the third mounted to the transmission.
The third e-motor provides additional power to the rear wheels as well as being a starter for the V8.
Aston Martin now says the combo makes 997 bhp, which is a smidgen more than we last heard.
It’s claimed to do the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 2.5 seconds and flat out you’ll be doing 350 km/h (217 mph).
As for the inside, the Aston Martin Valhalla is said to take “direct cues” from Formula 1.
For example, a false floor raises the driver’s heels and unique carbon-fiber buckets seats recline to achieve a similar seating position to the AMR23 racer.
The automaker claims this is to “ensure the driver feels truly connected to the car”.
Limited to 999 examples, the Aston Martin Valhalla is on course to enter production in 2024, with an estimated price of $800,000.