Published on June 20th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Aston Martin Renames the ‘AM-RB 003’ the ‘Valhalla’
We knew we were looking at a working title when Aston Martin introduced their “AM-RB 003” mid-engined hypercar.
Fortunately, they’ve settled on a name and it continues the Aston Martin tradition of starting with the letter ‘V’. Meet the Aston Martin Valhalla.
Aston Martin didn’t stop to reveal many new details, so we’ll just reiterate what was first revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and throw in some other random facts.
- The Valhalla will be powered by a turbocharged V6 petrol hybrid
- Only 500 cars will be built of the Coupe
- The chassis is constructed of 100% carbon fibre
- Formula 1 technology will find its way into the Valhalla
- The tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars began in 1951 with the Vantage name was used to describe the high-performance variant of the DB2
For more on this story, check out the press release.
Formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 003, Aston Martin’s latest mid-engined hypercar collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Adrian Newey has been officially named the Aston Martin Valhalla.
Named after the warrior’s paradise celebrated in ancient Norse mythology, Valhalla follows Valkyrie on Aston Martin’s journey into the highest echelons of road car performance. Employing lightweight construction methods and radical aerodynamics pioneered in Valkyrie, Valhalla will be propelled by a combination of high-efficiency, high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system. Just 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar will be built.
In continuing the fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars, Valhalla can trace its lineage back to 1951, when the Vantage designation was given to high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Though actual Vantage badging was never applied, the name stuck.
The first time the Vantage name appeared was on the flanks of the DB5. Still it remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right. Fourteen years later that acclaimed family of V8 and V12-powered models is remembered as the most successful in Aston Martin’s history. Since then the all-new generation of turbocharged Vantage has fast forged a reputation as the most dynamically focussed series production Aston Martin ever.
Together with the recently announced Vanquish Vision Concept, Valhalla continues this proud, seven decade old ‘V’ car naming strategy, providing an evocative and powerful moniker fit for one of the world’s most compelling ultra-high performance cars.
In Norse mythology, Valhalla – literal translation ‘the hall of the fallen’ – is an enormous and majestic hall in Asgard, one of the Nine Realms. Described as a warrior’s paradise, it is here that the souls of those who are slain in battle go, chosen and guided by the Valkyries; a group of warrior maidens who gather the fallen at the behest of Odin, All-Father of Nordic Gods.