A short clip of audio from Aston Martin's first hypercar has just been released and it's sure to send shivers down your spine
Aston Martin is having its first crack at a hypercar, and it sounds like it's doing it right. A short clip of audio from the Aston Martin Valkyrie's V12 Cosworth engine has been tweeted by CEO Andy Palmer and it's possibly one of the coolest sounding road cars ever.
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The Valkyrie is designed by Formula 1 legend Adrian Newey, whose designs have won 20 world championships, and incorporates an all-carbon fibe body, Cosworth's 6.5-litre V12, a hybrid system that supports the engine during launch and provides a power boost at higher speeds, active suspension and underfloor aerodynamics. Designed to have a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, only 150 road-going Valkyries will be built.
It is no coincidence that the car is pitched against Newey's F1 rivals' products, such as the LaFerrari, McLaren Senna and Mercedes-AMG One. Red Bull Racing has been actively involved in the development of the Valkyrie to ensure it is the superior of all of its rivals. It's set to be one of the most extreme road cars ever, and it sounds it too! The video, originally sourced from Palmer's twitter, can be seen below.
Listen to the Valkyrie HERE
The car was revealed in February 2017, and has ran with several codenames, including AM-RB 001, before being officially title the Valkyrie, a figure from Norse mythology that decides who lives and dies in the great battles. Ominous, but also very cool. The technical specifications and performance figures have changed during production, but power output of 1130bhp is expected from the car, and with it weighing just over 1000kg, its power-to-weight ratio looks like it will actually exceed 1:1.
A further 25 cars will be made under the name of the 'Valkyrie AMR Pro', which will be even more ridiculous. A change in the engine mapping and use of the hybrid system means this car releases even more power. Smaller wheels are included so the car can use racing tyres from Michelin, normally driven on by top-class Le Mans prototypes, and F1-style brakes to ensure the car can slow down as quickly as it can accelerate.