Aston Martin’s road-legal race car finally has a name worthy of its epic promises – welcome the Valkyrie
“Two years ago I stood here and I announced our second century plan,” said Aston Martin boss David Palmer at the Geneva motor show flanked by two pretty shapes veiled in satin.
“With the 2016 Q4 launch of the DB11,” he continued, “we started the total renewal and expansion of our product portfolio that will deliver, on average, a new car every nine months.”
That’s a lot of cars, and Gaydon put foot in Geneva premiering the AMR brand which reflects Aston Martin’s racing pedigree on the road, meaning it’s a bit like AMG is to Mercedes and M is to BMW. AMR will cover the entire portfolio as the two concepts chosen to debut in Geneva showed, one being a hardcore Vantage AMR Pro and the other a four-door Rapide AMR.
It was a bit hard to show them much love though with the AM-RB 001 also on the stand. The project with Red Bull and aerodynamic design genius Adrian Newey promises outrageous performance and capability of outrunning an F1 car around a racing circuit, powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine designed by specialists Cosworth.
“AM-RB 001 has been the project’s code name,” said Palmer, “but it’s now time to give this car the best name in the business…”
And with Valkyrie, Palmer is almost not being that pompous at all.
“While the name Valkyrie is rooted in ancient Norse mythology,” he continued, “the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a very forward looking expression of the most advanced automotive technology available. It is not only the ultimate production Aston Martin, but what promises to be the defining hypercar of this decade.”
Handily the name Valkyrie also continues Aston’s tradition of ‘V’ cars dating back to 1951 with the Vantage, distinguishing it as a high-performance model of the then current DB2 boasting 125 horsepower instead of the base 105hp. It was only in 2005 when the Vantage became a model line in its own right, and now after 66 years of V cars the Valkyrie is definitely living up to the symbolism with a thousand horsepower and 4.5 g of cornering grip.