New Aston Martin Valkyrie Packs 1,130 Horsepower Engine
By Tim Charlet on September 4, 2018
Hypercar fanatics may have a new contender for fastest naturally-aspirated powerplant with the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Featuring an ultra-lightweight construction, with the AM badge being 30 percent thinner than a human hair (serious), the Valkyrie was expected to be one of the quickest-accelerating vehicles on the planet. However, a recent report from Cosworth indicates that the Valkyries engine belts out 1,130 horsepower.
Simply put, many experts believe the new Aston MartinValkyrie is poised to be the most potent non-supercharged road-worthy vehicle ever built. Of course, they might want to check with those hot rodder’s that compete on the Hot Rod Power Tour.
Based on a Tweet sent by engine builder Cosworth, the naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 that is stuffed inside the Valkyrie will produce slightly more than 1,130 horsepower when the Aston Martin hypercar is launched. So far, the most powerful non-aspirated road car on the market is the Ferrari 812 Superfast, which is powered by a similar 6.5-liter V12 that returns a paltry 789 ponies. The nearly 340 horsepower increase is due to some fine-tuning across the board but could also be attributed to a new Formula-1 derived kinetic energy regeneration system.
Details on the Aston Martin Valkyrie are a bit sparse at the moment. However, it is estimated that this hypercar that James Bond would love to have in his garage will have an estimated curb weight of 2,270 pounds – making it one of the lightest road cars built. Stuffing in the Cosworth-powered V12 will allow that 1,130 horsepower to eat up all roads traveled.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a collaboration between Aston Martin and F-1’s Red Bull Racing – along with several other sub-partners. There are only going to be 150 of them made, making them even more exclusive. What’s truly amazing is that Aston Martin is going to be developing a race-track only AMR Pro variant that is aiming for a current lap record at the famous Nürburgring established recently by Porsche with a time of 5 minutes and 19.546-seconds, with an unrestricted 919 Hybrid powerplant under the hood.