Performance has become one of the most important things people look for in the modern world. It’s an obsession at all levels of life, and we always seek the best output in our jobs, our relationships, our school, the computers we use, the cars we drive, and the motorcycles we ride. The automotive world has always been a playground for engineers, mechanics, racers and gearheads to get the most performance out of every machine they get their hands on. It’s been the norm since the dawn of the automobile. While automakers struggled to break the 200mph barrier at first, recent advances in technology have seen production cars break the 300mph mark or approach it.
In 2022, there seems to be a performance hypercar arms race with notable beasts competing for top speed and acceleration times. Aston Martin, the iconic British sports car brand, didn’t hesitate and produced the Valkyrie, a potential candidate for the most powerful car of the year. Competition for super-performance hypercars is at an all-time high, and the Aston Martin Valkyrie has proven to be an absolute beast. Here’s why.
ten Technology from Formula 1
Aston Martin commissioned Adian Newey and Cosworth to work on the Valkyrie. Both designers have a Formula 1 background. Newey is still with the Red Bull Racing F1 team and Cosworth has built performance engines for various F1 teams over the years. So it’s no surprise that the car is packed with F1 technology. The engine spots titanium connecting rods and F1 specification pistons and crankshaft.
Newey adds its aero dynamics and weight saving touches to the design. Also, the engine is a tight-angled, fully-stressed frame member, meaning it’s part of the body, and if it’s removed, there’s nothing connecting the front, like what’s on the V12 Ferrari F50.
9 Ridiculously powerful
Aston Martin has always built acclaimed sports cars, but nothing close to supercar performance. That all changes with the Valkyrie, as it comes with ridiculously high numbers. The high-revving 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 pushes out 1,000 hp, with an additional 160 hp and 207 lb-ft coming from the Rimac co-developed KERS-style electric motor, for a total of 1,160 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque .
With that much juice, the Valkyrie is rated at a top speed of 250mph and a quick launch to 60mph in 2.5 seconds.
8 Naturally aspirated magnitude
Turbos and superchargers are the go-to solutions for manufacturers when trying to get the most out of an engine. But we’ve seen high-performance naturally aspirated engines churning out considerable power per litre. Cosworth may have just reached the pinnacle of the internal combustion engine with the 6.5-litre V12 powering the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
We’ve seen British engine specialists conjure up a naturally aspirated 4-litre engine custom-built for the Gordon Murray T.50, and the Valkyrie’s engine is just as impressive, if not better. It comes with a specific power of 153.8 hp per litre, the best in the world.
seven High aerodynamic efficiency
Forget the remarkable hybrid system; Aston Martin engineers are more proud of the Valkyrie’s aerodynamics and see it as a distinguishing factor. The car underwent eight years of simulated aerodynamic running, transforming it from a passive car into an active car with improved cornering speed. Every surface in the car acts for aero, and it can reach maximum G-force through corners, then effortlessly bleed aero as you exit the corner at high speed.
The aerodynamics are so crazy that the car had been touted for producing too much downforce at low speeds during development, and they had to vent the air. Once you gain speed, the vent closes, generating up to 3970 pounds of downforce.
6 Nice doors on the Spyder
Usually, roadsters with their soft tops are less aerodynamic than their coupe counterparts, so having the airflow in your hair comes at a cost. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the Valkyrie Spyder. A test by Top Gear revealed that the open-top version is as smooth as the Valkyrie Coupe, and the underbody aero bits are just as effective.
Plus, the Spyder comes with sexier doors. Without a roof, Aston Martin could not use the roof-hinged gullwing doors found on the coupé. They opted for front-hinged dihedral doors that swing outwards and upwards theatrically.
5 The sound of a beast
One of the key polarities of a performance car is its sound. Fully electric hypercars like the 2000hp Lotus Evija seem to be the future and are slowly threatening the status quo. But the Valkyrie is here to restore confidence in cars as we know them. The Cosworth V12 is a howler producing a glorious screech and will bring joy to many gearheads.
The Valkyrie is decently loud, and you may need to wear noise-cancelling headphones when driving it, with cabin noise at around 126 decibels. But no one expected hypercars to be a silent cruiser.
4 Sophisticated looks
Aston Martin has certainly rewritten the rules of road car design with the Valkyrie. Every inch inside and out serves a purpose, shaped by aerodynamics and finely tuned by design and proportions. This is why the appearance of the car could have been a consequence of the function. Yet the attention to form cannot be ignored. For example, aerodynamic design and engineering eliminated the need for spoilers and other devices that might have compromised its shape.
Inside the cockpit, the Valkyrie looks like a Le Mans-ready car, with a feet-up stance and a modern race car layout and shape. Nothing on the road resembles the Valkyrie.
3 Extremely rare in all versions
The final hallmark of a coveted exotic car is its rarity. They are produced in small numbers by design to increase their appeal. The Valkyrie is no different, as she is extremely rare across all builds. Only 150 coupes and 85 Spyder units will be built.
The track-only AMR Pro will be harder to find, with just 40 examples leaving the Aston Martin factories. The car defaults to a super rare and coveted collectible; any great collector will be happy to include it in their collection.
2 Costs a fortune
The road-only Valkyrie coupe is estimated to cost around $3.25 million before options, with the race-only Spyder and AMR Pro asking for more. It’s a small fortune to part with, and you might wonder why is that a good thing? Well, price matters in the realm of rare hypercars. The higher the price, the greater the bragging rights.
If you think no one would spend that much on a car, think again. All Valkyries were sold long before Aston Martin made its first delivery.
1 Big shout for the world’s ultimate hypercar
Admittedly, the race for the best hypercar is in full swing. Manufacturers, both traditional and boutique, are churning out cars with performance numbers never seen before. Perhaps the dawn of EV technology has accelerated vehicle development, and 1000hp is no longer taboo. 0-60 mph time in under 3 seconds is no longer an impossible feat.
The Valkyrie goes up against rivals like the Mercedes AMG One, Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, Hennessey Venom F5, Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, Rimac Nevera, and more. While the stakes are high and the Valkyrie isn’t even the fastest among its peers, it has plenty in its corner to give it a massive shoutout for the world’s ultimate road-going hypercar.