The Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar will be called Valkyrie, the firm has announced, continuing a run of high-performance Aston Martin ‘V’ cars that dates back to 1951. The Valkyrie name also ensures we no longer have to refer to Aston’s upcoming hypercar by the AM-RB 001 codename.
The first Aston Martin V-car was the Vantage, and more recent models include Virage, Vanquish and Vulcan. Valkyrie, reckons Aston’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman, captures the drama of the ultimate Aston Martin. The British car firm’s names have deep meaning, he says, and “need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years.
“The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
So what exactly is Valkyrie? According to Old Norse mythology, they are ‘female figures who select who may live and who may die in battle’: it literally means ‘chooser of the slain’. Charitably, Valkyrie bring half of those slain on the battlefield to Valhalla, the afterlife governed by Odin, Ruler of the Gods. Now we know.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie, a hypercar being co-developed with Red Bull Technologies, AF Racing and several other big names in automotive technology, is due to launch later in 2017. And if you want one, sorry: all 150 have already sold out...
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Gallery: Aston Martin AM-RB 001 - Festival Automobile International
THE ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE: AM-RB 001 HYPERCAR TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE GODS
6 March 2017, Gaydon: The revolutionary hypercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001, has now been officially named the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The name continues a fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars. This began back in 1951 with Vantage, which was selected as a name to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Boasting 125bhp versus 105bhp for the standard engine, the Vantage represented a significant increase in performance and desirability. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5.
It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right. Twelve years later the acclaimed family of V8 and V12-powered models has made the Vantage the most successful model in Aston Martin’s history.
Virage, Vanquish and the Aston Martin Vulcan - Aston Martin’s very own God of fire - are more recent ‘V’ cars to continue this lineage. Now, seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to another level.
For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valkyrie perfectly captures the drama of what is not only the ultimate Aston Martin, but the ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance: “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
While it’s name is rooted in ancient mythology, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a pure expression of modern technology. By bringing together Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, project partner AF Racing and some of the world’s leading technology partners, the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises otherworldly performance befitting of its name.