Starring: Aston Martin Valkyrie
Max Verstappen and Alex Albon got their first taste of the Aston Martin Valkyrie as the F1 drivers got behind the wheel of the hypercar at Silverstone Circuit.
First Look: The Aston Martin AM-RB 003
AM-RB 003, aka the ‘Son of Valkyrie’, an all-new performance-bred predator that follows the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro as the third hypercar in Aston Martin’s mid-engine story.
AM-RB 003 is set to be a revolutionary mid-engine hypercar incorporating concepts and technologies taken from F1 and inspired by Aston Martin Valkyrie, benefiting from the close involvement of Red Bull Advanced Technologies in its design and engineering, continuing one of the brightest and most exciting engineering partnerships in the automotive world.
Sharing the same fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie, AM-RB 003 features a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser, with the underfloor generating the bulk of the downforce. However, AM-RB 003 will also benefit from next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing.
AM-RB 003 will remain true to an uncompromising engineering ethos whilst making considerations for practicality and road use, extending the trickle down of genuine state of the art F1 technology into a road legal car. AM-RB 003 will express a design statement that is second to none. As you would expect from a project of this nature, volumes are strictly limited.
Aston Martin Valkyrie – Designer Specification Maximum
With the first Aston Martin Valkyrie prototypes beginning to take shape, now is the time to reveal the full performance figures delivered by Aston Martin Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain.
The heart of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s powertrain is its clean sheet Cosworth-built 65° naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. Evoking the spine-tingling, ultra-high-revving F1TM engines of the 1990s, but benefiting from two decades of progress in design, material and manufacturing expertise, it sets exceptional new standards for maximum rpm and weight.
With a peak power output of 1,000bhp at 10,500rpm, it can continue on to a maximum 11,100rpm. This is a world first for a naturally-aspirated, emissions-compliant road car. Peak torque is 740Nm at 7,000rpm. These peak outputs are purely delivered by the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), with a further performance boost delivered by the battery hybrid system.
When describing the powertrain of a traditional road car, or even a conventional hybrid road car, it is easy to separate the main components and describe their individual roles. In the Aston Martin Valkyrie, where the design and engineering of each and every part has been approached with the meticulous ethos of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, out of their Formula One DNA for maximum efficiency and ultimate performance, many key components do more than one job.
Using the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s powertrain as an example, both the V12 engine and gearbox casing act as stressed members of the vehicle structure. The latter provides rear suspension mounting points, while also helping provide even greater structural rigidity and eliminating the weight of an additional rear subframe.
The battery pack integrates all relevant sub-systems and serves as the carrier for the vehicle’s power electronics, while in addition to its Power Boost and Energy Recovery System functions, the E-Motor aids the mechanical performance of the gearbox. Aston Martin Valkyrie exemplifies intelligent engineering wherever you look.
A KERS-style boost system akin to those fitted to F1TM cars, the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s hybrid system has been developed by two main technical partners; Integral Powertrain Ltd, who supplied the bespoke electric motor, and Rimac for the lightweight hybrid battery system.
As a result, the full hybrid system contributes an additional 160bhp of power and a further 280Nm of available torque with the certified max power output of Aston Martin Valkyrie standing at a stunning 1,160bhp @ 10,500rpm. Equally, with the full hybrid system, peak torque will stand at 900Nm @ 6,000rpm.
Development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues under the guidance of Aston Martin Lagonda, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing.
New Images of the Aston Martin Valkyrie Emerge
Aston Martin will build 150 road-going versions of the Valkyrie starting late 2019 through 2020, with a further 25 track-only models. All of which have been sold.
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