Aston Martin has released an audio clip of its Valkyrie hypercar’s engine running on a dyno
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a hypercar like no other, with its delicate aerodynamically honed body, its tiny gullwing doors, its race car-like interior and incredibly sophisticated drivetrain. And now, thanks to a clip that Aston Martin’s president Andy Palmer has put on social media, we get to hear what the Valkyrie’s naturally aspirated V12 engine sounds like.
The audio clip features the Valkyrie’s Cosworth-developed V12 running a track simulation and a dyno. The engine, that will have 842kW, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated road car engine ever, blitzes through revs startlingly fast and makes a noise similar to that of an early 1990s V12 F1 car.
But the Valkyrie is far from nostalgic – it’s been conceived by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing and will borrow cutting-edge F1 tech; the engine, despite already being phenomenally powerful, will by augmented by a KERS-like electric boost. It’ll need all the F1 influence possible, because the car will go head-to-head with the Mercedes-AMG Project One – with its full F1 turbocharged V6 – when it’s finally released. Only 99 Aston Martin Valkyries will be built, with 24 track-only editions set to follow soon after. The price for the road-going Valkyrie will be somewhere between £2m and £3m ($3.25m – $5m AUD).
The most recent batch of images released of the Aston Martin hypercar showed it in near-finished form with production-ready lighting and a full interior. Throughout the design process, Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at Red Bull Racing, continuously honed the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics which were subsequently translated into the Valkyrie’s overall design by Marek Reichman’s (vice president and chief creative officer at Aston Martin) team.
A quick glance at the Valkyrie not only confirms Newey’s influence, but the importance Aston Martin has placed on aerodynamics to achieve the incredible performance it will undoubtedly deliver. Because the car is built around a carbonfibre tub, Newey has had greater scope to create the slippery shape and integrate aero elements such as the vast Venturi tunnels underneath the car that deliver huge downforce, rendering heavy active aero systems and drag-inducing wings obsolete.