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Aston Martin designs a new V6 for James Bond—and the Valhalla hypercar

The Aston Martin Valhalla is the third and final car to emerge from a partnership between the car co..

By admin , in Tech , at March 24, 2020

  • The Aston Martin Valhalla is the third and final car to emerge from a partnership between the car company and the Red Bull Racing F1 team. It will also be the cheapest, although that's a very relative term here. Jonathan Gitlin
  • The engine in the Valhalla is an all-new V6, designed in-house at Aston Martin. Aston Martin
  • I am pretty sure that Bozi Tatarevic will be able to look at this image and determine which other engines the TM01 shares DNA with, if it all. He's much smarter than I am when it comes to this stuff. Aston Martin
  • The TM01 is a hot-V design, which means the hot part of the turbochargers lives above the engine between the banks of cylinders, as opposed to on either side. Aston Martin
  • Aston Martin says the TM01 engine has undergone "extensive" dyno testing. Aston Martin
  • The rear of the car shows it has crazier aerodynamics than any road car—other than perhaps its big brother the Valkyrie. Jonathan Gitlin
  • The interior looks stripped down. Jonathan Gitlin
  • I hate to imagine the repair costs if you scrape that complicated carbon fiber front splitter on a ramp or speed bump. Jonathan Gitlin

It must be hard, being James Bond. Not only does he have to worry about secret plots and supervillains, but there's also the dilemma of what to drive. No Time to Die might be delayed now, but when it does finally come out, the film will be packed with Aston Martins, requiring 007 to make a choice of which one to drive, and when.

There's the classic DB5, now avec miniguns, as seen in the trailer. That's where we also got a glimpse of a DBS, reflecting the British carmaker's current range, as well as what looked a lot like a 1980s-era Vantage. That makes three, but in fact NTtD also reportedly features one of Aston Martin's future products. It's a brand-new mid-engined hybrid hypercar, developed in conjunction with legendary F1 aerodynamicist Adrian Newey.

But it's not the mid-engined hybrid Aston Martin hypercar you might be thinking of. The Valkyrie, which promises near-F1 level performance, is nearing full production, but only 150 of those will be built, and at $3.2 million each, they are presumably beyond 007's civil-servant budget. Which is where the Valhalla comes in. It looks quite a bit like the Valkyrie, which is to say it will resemble little else on the road, its shape honed as it is by the need to bend airflow to its will. It will be cheaper and built in larger volume, too, although build numbers here will still only stretch to 500 examples, and at more than a million dollars it still isn't exactly what you'd call affordable.

On Monday, Aston Martin shared a little bit about the Valhalla's powertrain. At its heart is an all-new turbocharged 3.0L V6. ItRead More – Source