Management Aston Martin, Van Halhal, Vanquish
New top executives from Aston Martin, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll and his co-investors, have given the Valhalla and Vanquish their blessing. The development of the two mid-engine sports cars is even seen as crucial for the future of the famous English brand. The duo follows in the slipstream of hypercar Valkyrie, the future of which was already secured earlier.
The Valhalla, just like the Valkyrie, comes from a collaboration with a division of Red Bull Racing. The special branch of the Formula 1 racing stable is largely responsible for the technical development of the hypercar and supercar, while Aston Martin determines the design and takes care of the production. Where the Valkyrie starts this year in a circulation of 150 street versions and 25 racing versions, the Valhalla comes at a later stage and in a larger circulation, and as many as 500. It will be placed significantly lower in the market than the Valkyrie, but still in the higher regions of the sports car market. The model does not get a V12 engine on board, not even a V8, but a V6 power source. Electrification means that it must become stronger than the V8 that the English purchase from shareholder Daimler. The V6 Hybrid is developed in-house. The turbo engine is derived from the V12 engine.
After the Valkyrie and Valhalla, a third mid-engine sports car appears in Aston Martin‘s range of models. To the great displeasure of the dealer corps, that model is called Vanquish, a designation that, according to the brand representatives, stands for a V12 model with a power source placed in the front. The English have already shown an unfinished study model at the Geneva Motor Show 2019.
Although Aston Martin continues the mid-engine sports car project, it canceled the Electric Rapide for cost reasons and ceased investment in a Valkyrie racing version. The move was taken immediately after a club of new lenders entered the legendary brand.
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