Aston Martin is busy working on its Valykrie hypercar. Since day one the company has insisted that its limited-edition hypercar will be different to its very exclusive rival set. Now Aston Martin Valkyrie engine information has been released, and it is very interesting.
From the very start, the Aston Martin Valkyrie engine was always going to be normally aspirated. The powerplant has been in development with technical partner Cosworth. The 6,5-litre engine is a V12 that was created to produce 746 kW (an even 1 000 bhp).
To produce that level of power the engine revs to a stratospheric of 11 100 r/min. Peak power is produced at 10 500. Maximum torque of 740 N.m is developed at 7 000 r/min. Incredibly, these Aston Martin and Cosworth have delivered these number in an emissions-compliant application. Aston Martin Valkyrie’s performance figures will be further boosted by a battery hybrid system.
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The engine’s material list includes titanium conrods and F1-spec pistons. The crankshaft is milled from a solid bar of steel that takes six months to machine into shape. The result is an engine that weighs just 206 kg. Cosworth’s 3,0-litre V10 F1 engines (the last before weight limits were imposed by the FIA) weighed 97 Kg.
Similar to a real racecar, the Aston Martin Valkyrie engine block is a stressed member of the car. The entire rear-end of the car (suspension, gearbox, etc) are all mounted to the motor. The engine even sounds like that of an older generation F1 car. Have a listen in the video below.
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In their own words
Bruce Wood, Cosworth managing director: “Being asked to create a naturally aspirated V12 engine fit for what will surely be one of the most iconic cars of all time is an immense source of pride for Cosworth. Decades in F1 taught us to expect a pretty demanding specification from someone with Adrian Newey’s unsurpassed track record, but when we started talking about specifics of power, weight, emissions compliance and durability combined with ever harder and sometimes conflicting targets, we knew this would be a challenge like no other. It’s been a fantastic partnership between Aston Martin, Red Bull and Cosworth with each party bringing a distinct clarity of vision that has proved essential in delivering an internal combustion engine way beyond anything previously seen in a road car application.”
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer, said of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V12 engine: “To anyone with a drop of petrol in their blood, a high-revving naturally aspirated V12 is the absolute pinnacle. Nothing sounds better or encapsulates the emotion and excitement of the internal combustion engine more completely. Despite the apparently insurmountable challenges it presented, there was never any question that the Aston Martin Valkyrie would make do with anything less. From the outset the team at Cosworth were unflinching in their commitment to achieving benchmarks which pushed the boundaries of the possible. The result is a quite extraordinary engine. One which I doubt will ever be surpassed.”