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Elaf: Aston Martin is making strides towards starting production of the Valhalla, offering a mid-engine supercar that focuses on the driver’s experience first.
The Valhalla concept, led by Tobias Morris, CEO of Aston Martin; The latest and most significant fruit of Aston Martin’s Project Horizon strategy to date, a premium car that will enhance the brand’s model portfolio, reflecting its unwavering presence in Formula 1 ®. The new car will set the highest standards in its class in terms of efficiency, dynamic performance and driving pleasure, as well as enhancing the transition from the use of internal combustion engines to hybrid engines, all the way to relying entirely on electric motors.
Valhalla embodies the highest levels of technical sophistication, as its structure reflects extensive experience in designing the aerodynamics and electronic systems derived from Formula 1® racing, as well as the cutting-edge technologies of its hybrid engine. In addition to enriching drivers’ off-track experiences, Valhalla’s primary focus is on delivering entirely new driving experiences in the supercar space; And give its drivers unprecedented levels of enthusiasm, fun and interaction.
Valhalla usher in a new era that fuses the innate passion for motoring with the high efficiency of hybrid engines through high precision in control and steering capabilities, high levels of downforce, the amazing combination of instant torque of the electric motor and the superior performance of the eight-cylinder combustion engine.
The new Valhalla sets the tone for the motoring world, achieving distinction in terms of looks and driving pleasure, as well as highlighting the latest technologies used in high-level motorsports. Valhalla represents the next generation of Aston Martin racing cars, focused on providing drivers with first-class driving experiences that are enjoyable.
The Valhalla was equipped with an all-new engine for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which consists of three engines, most notably the 4.0-liter mid-engine with a twin turbocharger; This hybrid engine is the best engine used in Aston Martin cars in terms of technical development, speed, response and high performance, and is equipped with a flat crankshaft to increase response. The engine has a rotation speed of 7200 rpm and a power of 750 hp is sent entirely to the rear axle of the car. Combustion gases are discharged through a lightweight exhaust system with external ducts to enhance the car’s visual and acoustics, with active spoilers providing the original and customizable Aston Martin acoustic signature.
The new eight-cylinder engine is integrated with the hybrid electric drive system with a capacity of 15 kW / 400 volts, and uses two electric motors, one installed on the front axle and the other on the rear axle of the car. This electric system provides an additional 204 hp of power to generate a total engine power of 950 hp. When driving in electric vehicle mode, all battery power is directed to the vehicle’s front axle; In other driving modes, battery power is distributed between the front and rear axles, and the percentage of power sent to each axle varies depending on the driving requirements. In some cases, all battery power may be sent to the rear axle, to maximize the performance of the eight-cylinder internal combustion engine.
Complementing the engine’s performance with an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the new gearbox has been specifically designed and built for Aston Martin to meet the demands of the hybrid era. The transmission is fitted with Electronic Reverse, which uses plug-in hybrid electric motors to reduce weight by eliminating the need for conventional reverse gears; In addition to an electronic differential system at the rear axle to enhance the traction capacity and the flexibility of the car’s handling.
Electric power is also used to increase the vehicle’s handling and response capabilities at low speeds, as well as to use it to reverse. Thanks to the instant torque provided by the electric motors, the hybrid system enhances the performance of the eight-cylinder engine to deliver impressive acceleration from a standstill and increased gearbox responsiveness. The car’s overall performance is underpinned by the ability of the two electric motors and the eight-cylinder internal combustion engine to drive different gears in the dual-clutch transmission, delivering a maximum torque of 1,000 Nm.
Driven in electric vehicle mode, the Valhalla will be able to travel at 80 mph (130 km/h), while offering a zero-emissions range of 15 km; The expected carbon emissions are less than 200 grams per kilometer, according to the Global Standard Driving Cycle test for light cars. When the engine’s full 950 hp is unleashed, the Valhalla will reach a top speed of 217 mph (330 km/h) and go from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. In terms of full capabilities on the track, the car was designed to complete a full lap of the Nürburgring in a record time of just 6:30 minutes.
The Valhalla features a new carbon-fiber chassis to maximize rigidity while still being light. Inspired by Formula 1® racing cars, the front suspension drive arm is integrated with internal springs and dampers to reduce unsupported mass and provide an innovative interior storage solution. In addition to the multi-link design of the rear chassis suspension, Valhalla uses Multimatic adaptive spring and damper units with adjustable motion frequencies while driving to deliver exceptional performance both on the road and on the track. In addition to increasing the rigidity of the suspension, operating the track mode significantly lowers the vehicle’s height in order to maximize downforce. At the other end of the accelerometer, the front axle lift system raises the front of the vehicle to improve approach angle in tough cornering.
The rigidity of the carbon-fibre sump allows the suspension loads to be controlled with precision, as every slight input into the electric power steering system results in an instant and smooth change in the car’s steering. The carbon ceramic brake system, integrated with the wire brake control system, ensures exceptional stopping power, while the Michelin wheels, with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear dimensions, specially designed for Valhalla, ensure additional exceptional features. This close and direct interaction between driver and car is at the heart of Valhalla’s driving experiences, as manufacturing materials and advanced technologies enhance the driver’s enjoyment, confidence and sense of complete control.
With a target dry weight of less than 1,550 kg, the Valhalla will have an unparalleled power-to-weight ratio in its class. The downforce generated by the aerodynamic features generates a different kind of weight, which plays an active role in giving Valhalla its unparalleled aerodynamic capabilities. Benefiting from the aerodynamic, downward-facing appearance of the Aston Martin Valkyrie Formula 1® racing car, Valhalla is based on a unique combination of active aerodynamic surfaces, particularly in the front decks and rear spoiler, as well as carefully managed airflow through the wide wind tunnels. . At 150 mph, the precisely engineered aerodynamic surfaces generate an impressive 600 kg of downforce for high-speed cornering and optimum stability.
While keeping up with the downforce requirements requires the provision of integrated functional features, the expertise and tireless efforts made by the Aston Martin team to design the air flow mechanism under the car led to maintaining the elegant character of its upper surfaces, which the team benefited from to create a design that reflects the location of the engine in its center, and constitutes a continuity For the distinctive and authentic style of Aston Martin design. Valhalla’s carbon-fiber body eliminates the need for wings to enhance aerodynamics, as high functionality and refined aesthetics are perfectly suited to the new generation of mid-engine supercars. Stunning doors that open to the top add character to all the experiences the car offers, while the gradual lowering of the interior ceiling makes it easier to get in and out of the car. The exterior design also includes an elegant roof hatch to supply the eight-cylinder combustion engine, along with additional side and rear air intakes and inlets that integrate seamlessly with the body design.
Valhalla, Aston Martin’s first mid-engined supercar series, will be available in models with either left or right-hand drive wheels on request, enhancing its presence and attractiveness in global markets. The interior of the Valhalla is more spacious compared to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, although it retains many features inspired by the designs of Formula 1® racing cars, such as the design of the cabin that retracts slightly to the rear with a clear focus on enriching the driver’s experience. Aston Martin’s new and innovative human-machine interface features a touch-screen central display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the adjustable pedals and steering column allow the seat bases to be attached to the chassis body, the footrest has been raised to provide a sitting position similar to that of Formula 1® racing cars.
LED headlights with adaptive functions and the driver’s high-beam support system provide excellent forward visibility in the dark, while the dual-zone air conditioning system provides the highest levels of comfort for all occupants. In order to comply with the latest regulatory requirements, Valhalla features a suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, including Automated Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Active Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection and a Rear Parking Camera (with the option of On View) oceanic).