Aston Martin Valhalla : Driving Mastery
“When we created the Valhalla concept we were keen to emphasize the design legacy of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and that intent remains unchanged, but the execution has evolved considerably in order to reach production of this all-new car. Though the legacy of Valkyrie is clear, Valhalla is now a more mature, fully resolved piece of design. One which combines the pure aerodynamic function you would expect from a marque competing in Formula One® together with the beautiful form, striking proportions and exemplary detailing for which Aston Martin is renowned.”
Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin
With the Valhalla concept car transformed to production reality as an amazing, totally driver-focused mid-engine hybrid supercar, Aston Martin’s revolutionary path takes a big step forward.
Valhalla is a formidable technological exhibition, with chassis, aerodynamic, and electronics skills honed in Formula One® and a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology at its heart. Rather than removing the driver from the equation, Valhalla’s main goal is to immerse them in a new type of supercar driving experience. One that offers unrivalled thrill, enjoyment, and driver engagement to the supercar sector’s pinnacle.
Valhalla’s structure is based on a revolutionary carbon fiber tub that provides maximum stiffness with little weight. Push rod front suspension with inboard mounted springs and dampers, as seen in Formula One®, reduces unsprang bulk and gives a superb packing solution. Valhalla combines Multimatic Variable Spring Rate and Adaptive Spool Valve (ASV) Damper units in conjunction with the rear-multilink end’s construction to provide changeable ride frequency for great performance on the road and track. In addition to stronger suspension, Track mode drastically lowers the ride height to maximize downforce. A front axle lift system elevates the nose for increased approach angle on difficult inclines at the other end of the speed scale.
The quest of downforce necessitates stringent utility, but Aston Martin’s design team was left with a clean upper body surface with which they produced a memorable mid-engined silhouette that is both original and distinctly Aston Martin. Valhalla’s primarily carbon fibre body merges utility and beauty in a way that befits a new generation of mid-engined supercars, free of the necessity for dramatic wings that jut into the airstream. Spectacular forward-hinged dihedral doors add drama to the start and end of every journey, while ceiling cut-outs make entry and exit easier. Additional side and rear intakes and vents are seamlessly integrated into the general body design, with a distinctive roof scoop feeding air straight into the V8 engine’s intakes. For a design team from Aston Martin, Valhalla is an opportunity to convey extreme performance with raw forms and proportion and to recreate the strong, forward-looking attitude of the brand.
When compared to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the cockpit space has been enlarged, but many Formula One® inspired traits remain, such as a pared-back cockpit design with clear, straightforward ergonomics unapologetically focused on the driver. Aston Martin’s new HMI system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a central touchscreen display. The seat bases can be connected to the chassis construction thanks to adjustable pedals and steering columns.