We were just getting used to calling it the AM-RB 001.
Billed as a radical race car for the road, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 developed in collaboration with Red Bull is set to redefine the hypercar as we know it. And now it finally has an official name, just in time for this year's Geneva Motor Show: say goodbye to the AM-RB 001 codename and say hello to the Aston Martin Valkyrie. If you hadn't already gathered, the Valkyrie continues the tradition of Aston Martin 'V' cars that distinguish performance variants in the range.
It started with the Vantage in 1951, and has continued with more recent models such as the Virage, Vanquish and Vulcan. Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, believes that the Valkyrie name perfectly captures the drama of the most extreme Aston Martin ever made. "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," he explains." 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." Valkyrie may be rooted in ancient mythology (apparently, Valkyries were "a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla"), but the Aston Martin Valkyrie is underpinned with modern technology developed in collaboration with Red Bull, AF Racing, and several other big name technology partners including Cosworth, which will be developing the 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine.
Power output has yet to be revealed, but the Valkyrie is expected to have a 1:1 power to weight ratio which should give the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 a run for their money. Ricardo is developing the Valkyrie's seven-speed paddle-shift transmission, while Rimac is producing the lightweight hybrid battery system. What do you think of the new name?