An awesome name for what will be an awesome car.
For months now, rumors have been circulating about a mid-engined Aston Martin model, which would rival the Ferrari 488 and Mclaren 720S. Very little is currently known about the car, other than it will likely be the first in a new line of mid-engined models from Aston Martin, slotting under the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar.
Originally, this new car was rumored to revive the Vanquish name. Since the hardcore version of the DB11 has now reverted back to the DBS name, the Vanquish name is freed up for use elsewhere. As it turns out, Auto Guide now claims Aston will use a different name on its upcoming supercar.
A new trademark application with the World Intellectual Property Organization for the name "Aston Martin Valhalla" has been filed to be used on "passenger cars and racing cars and parts and fittings therefor."
Speaking to Australian outlet, Drive, Aston Martin's chief creative officer Marek Reichman said the Valhalla name was being saved for an upcoming supercar.
We previously knew the Valhalla as Project 003, which was accompanied by a single vague sketch. It wasn't clear whether Project 003 referred to the rumored 488 rival or a potential rival for the upcoming McLaren Speedtail. Known internally as the "Son of Valkyrie," the Valhalla will be closer to the latter with a turbocharged V6 hybrid set up and performance comparable to the LaFerrari.
Co-developed with RedBull, the name Valhalla directly connects to the Valkyrie name used on Aston Martin's other upcoming mid-engine hypercar.
In Norse mythology, a Valkyrie was a female figure who would decide which warriors would die and which would live. If the Valkyrie chose a warrior to die, they would be lead to the hall of the slain in Valhalla (basically the equivalent of heaven).
We expect the Valhalla to arrive sometime in 2021, with only 500 units slated for production.