In the world of luxury automobiles, a new masterpiece emerges, epitomizing the fusion of high-speed elegance and technological innovation–the Aston Martin Valhalla. This series production mid-engine supercar is the ultra-luxury brand’s first, conceived in the crucible of the world’s fastest laboratory, Formula 1. This paradigm shift is facilitated by the symbiotic relationship between Aston Martin and its Formula One team, the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One team (AMF1). The collaboration highlights Aston Martin’s breadth of capabilities, underpinned by the technical prowess and expertise of Formula 1.
The synergy between the racing and production units is orchestrated by Aston Martin Performance Technologies (AMPT), serving as the nexus of knowledge transfer. Claudio Santoni, AMPT Engineering Director, extols the seamless integration of F1 expertise into road car development, unlocking unprecedented levels of performance and reliability.
At the core of Valhalla’s design philosophy is an unwavering focus on driving dynamics. The collaboration with AMPT ensures the delivery of pinpoint dynamics, providing an unparalleled driver engagement experience. The fusion of F1 simulation tools and real-world testing creates a vehicle where 90% of dynamic characteristics and vehicle setup are honed in the simulator, with final touches perfected on road and track.
This meticulous approach is further intensified by input from AMF1 drivers like Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso. Their elite skills and knowledge elevate Valhalla’s vehicle dynamics, pushing the car to the zenith of its performance capabilities. The cockpit ergonomics, inspired by Formula 1, optimise the driving position, providing race car level control, while ensuring road car comfort, fostering a profound connection between the driver and the car.
Aston Martin Valhalla’s aerodynamics are a masterpiece, born from the collective expertise of AMPT and Aston Martin’s aerodynamicists. The underbody of Valhalla, a canvas of F1 technology, is a testament to the brand’s ability to craft addictive road cars that harmonize luxury and performance. The active aerodynamic systems, unconstrained by F1 regulations, enable Valhalla to adapt downforce to maximise grip, balance, and consistency or reduce drag, allowing drivers to harness the car’s full performance range.
The Valhalla’s aesthetics are enhanced by multi-element wings and inspired by F1 vortex generators and aero features, crafting beautiful clean lines, while generating downforce. The meticulous attention to aerodynamics is complemented by the vast knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel testing from F1, benefiting road car engineers in developing Valhalla’s aerodynamics.
In the realm of materials, the union of AMPT and the AMF1 team brings years of expertise in crafting carbon fibre structures. The heart of Valhalla is a structure designed to maximise stiffness with minimal weight, ensuring maximum control with precision. This carbon structure is a marvel of composite technology, created using a novel and proprietary technology developed for Aston Martin, delivering best-in-class dynamic structural attributes and outstanding safety.
Valhalla marks a pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s journey towards electrification. The bespoke twin-turbo flat-plane V8 engine, the most advanced and highest-performing ever fitted to an Aston Martin, coupled with three e-motors, creates a 1,012 PS hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain. The inclusion of Torque Vectoring enhances the driving experience and performance through all phases of the corner, allowing for a more positive steering response and improved traction. With the first running prototype set to grace the roads later this year and production slated for 2024, the Aston Martin Valhalla is poised to redefine the luxury automobile landscape.