Baby Valkyrie to be mid-engined, hybrid

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Words: Nile Bijoux
12 Mar 2018

Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, recently confirmed the brand is working on a Ferrari 488 rival alongside the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team.

According to a report, Palmer said the small supercar won’t break as many limits as the Valkyrie, but will use similar technology lifted from the Red Bull F1 programme.

Palmer said that 130 engineers and designers are working on the supercar, which will be the first mid-engined, series production car in Aston Martin history. It will also be based around an all-new carbon-fibre monocoque with aluminium sub-frames.

Without mentioning specifics, Palmer said that the car will be a “hybrid” that both increases power and gives a “fringe benefit on efficiency.” A V12 was ruled out, so a version of Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with electrical assistance could bump power to over 600kW. The 488, for reference, makes 493kW in standard trim.

Palmer went on to say “the reason we do Valkyrie is to prepare the ground for the acceptance of a Ferrari 488 competitor.

“Aston has never done a mid-engine car before but, fast-forward three years, and if you’re already famous for the fastest car in the world and you’ve been in Formula 1 and, hopefully, won a few titles then all of a sudden it’s obvious Aston should have a mid-engine supercar.”

During the interview, Palmer confirmed that four Valkyrie examples will be in right-hand drive and will arrive in Australia (and, hopefully, New Zealand) later this year.

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