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Aston Martin presents Valhalla, the hybrid supercar

Aston Martin introduces the Valhalla, a concept car that evolved into production, the hybrid supercar. The Valhalla is a driver-focused mid-engined hybrid supercar with intense performance combined with precision dynamics. To date, the Valhalla is the most driver centric car for the British ultra-luxury brand.

“Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, Valhalla is a truly transformational moment for this ultra-luxury brand. The launch of Valhalla demonstrates Aston Martin’s commitment to building a range of exceptional mid-engined driver focused cars, a crucial next step in the expansion of our product line-up. It also seemed fitting to unveil this stunning tack biased supercar at the home of Motorsport and the home of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team and marks Aston Martin’s return to the British Grand Prix for the first time in over 60 years, a true milestone,” said Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin’s Executive Chairman. 

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The Valhalla is built with the chassis, aerodynamic and electronics based in Formula One technology, plus a hybrid powertrain at its center. The engineering for the Valhalla was specifically focused on the driving experience. This hybrid supercar has pinpoint handling, extreme levels of downforce, instant battery-electric torque, plus the power of the V8 engine. Aston Martin introduces the world to the next generation road racer, the Valhalla. 

The Valhalla has an all-new PHEV powertrain, featuring three motors, including the rear-mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo bespoke V8. This engine is Aston Martin’s most advanced, responsive and highest performing V8 option, with a flat-plane crankshaft. The Valhalla is equipped with a lightweight exhaust system with active flaps for an adjustable sound, plus a top-exit tailpipe to maximize the dramatic effect. The V8 engine is supplemented with a 150kW/400V battery hybrid system utilizing a pair of E-Motors. When driving in EV mode, the battery power is sent completely to the front axle. In other drive modes, the power is split between the front and rear axles (percentages depend on mode selection).  

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The hybrid supercar also gets an all-new 8-speed DCT transmission. This new paddle-shift gearbox has been designed, not only exclusively for Aston Martin, but also only for hybrid variants. Electrical power is used to enhance low speed control and response, plus provide reversing capability. The hybrid system augments the V8 engine to deliver standing start acceleration and in-gear response. The Valhalla in EV-only mode can reach 80 mph with zero emissions. With all power, the Valhalla will reach a top speed of 217 mph, sprinting from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds. The hybrid supercar is very fast. 

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“Valhalla is our first opportunity to really show what we are capable of in a true production sense. We have created our own bespoke air-to-air charge-cooled, flat-plane crank V8 engine and have combined it with a powerful hybrid system. And, of course, we also have our own bespoke Dual Clutch Transmission – a first for Aston Martin and an essential component both for Valhalla and future Aston Martin models. The result is a truly world-class powertrain for an efficient, ultra-performing supercar,” said Ralph Illenberger, Head of Powertrain Engineering. 

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For maximum stiffness, the Valhalla is built around a carbon fiber body and minimal weight penalty. Another take from the Formula One, the Valhalla features push rod front suspension complete with inboard mounted springs and dampers. It uses Multimac Variable Spring rate and Adaptive Spool Valve (ASV) Damper units that provide an adjustable ride for better performance on the road or track. Not only does the Valhalla have a stiffer suspension, Track mode drops the ride height substantially to maximize downforce. High performance Carbon Ceramic developed for the Valhalla, the super car runs Matrix brakes guarantee absolute stopping power, paired with bespoke Michelin tires (20 inch in front and 21 inch in rear). The power to weight ratio is best in class compared to other vehicles. 

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The Valhalla hybrid supercar is available in both left-hand and right-hand drive, increasing the appeal to a global market. Other upgrades include the cockpit room is larger than the Valkyrie, the central touchscreen display features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an adjustable pedals and steering column allow the seat bases to be fixed to the chassis structure. 

“When we created the Valhalla concept we were keen to emphasis the design legacy of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and that intent remains unchanged, but the execution has evolved considerably in order to reach production of this all-new car. Though the legacy of Valkyrie is clear, Valhalla is now a more mature, fully resolved piece of design. One which combines the pure aerodynamic function you would expect from a marque competing in Formula One together with the beautiful form, striking proportions and exemplary detailing for which Aston Martin is renowned,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. 

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The Valhalla incorporates the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Auto Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Active Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear View Parking Camera with a Surround View option. It’s equipped with full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive functionality and high-beam assist, and dual zone air conditioning.

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The Aston Martin Valhalla captures the essence of the ultra-luxury brand, defining a new driver and driving experience.

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