The redcoats are coming… or at least they’re coming for you on the track. Until now, McLaren has been the primary British carmaker to carry the crowns hypercar flag.
But now Aston Martin is joining the fray with the Valkyrie and soon to follow will be Jaguar’s Vision Gran Turismo.
While many supercars have been produced and sold by Aston Martin including the 2020 DBS Superleggera which is a 714 Bhp beast and will set you back several hundred thousand dollars; but its no match for a 2020 McLaren Speedtail, priced around $2 million USD.
Case in point, blitzing from a dead stop to 62 mph will take the Superleggera a solid 3.4s; which is pretty slow when you consider the non-electric 2020 Nissan GTR a.k.a. Godzilla is crossing the 60 mph threshold in 2.9s on a V6 motor. The Speedtail will probably come in .4 seconds faster at 2.5s but that’s still TBD at the moment.
With competition like that, it makes a lot of sense for Aston Martin to raise the stakes.
Once upon a time going from zero – 60 in 3.4s was considered fast, but that was before the age of hypercars and direct drive electric motors. Near 2s is the benchmark which is madness because now you’re competing with some of the worlds fastest motorcycles.
This could explain why Aston Martin has developed the Valkyrie; its first hypercar. One is to elevate the overall perception of high performance for the marquee via the halo effect and two, to help develop in-house technologies that’ll further upgrade their existing line of DB’s and future iterations.
While Aston Martin hasn’t released exact numbers on 0 – 60 times or top speed for the Valkyrie, what we do know is that it’ll have a 6.5L V12 mid-engine developed with Cosworth, it’ll also be boosted by direct drive, high torque electric motors and will crank out 1160 Bhp.
Cosworth is a British automotive engine manufacturer well known on the F1 circuit. In business since 1958, Cosworth engines have won 176 F1 races; the only two manufacturers ahead of it in wins are Ferrari and Mercedes.
Aston Martin’s interior will retain the understated British design philosophy prevalent in just about all vehicles come out of the United Kingdom.
2020 Aston Martin Valkyrie Interior
Only 150 Valkyries will be made and from an external design perspective, it’ll be one of the sexiest hypercars in production. The 2020 Bugatti Divo, which is the Mr. Hyde to the Chiron’s Dr. Jekyll, is one of the more beautiful hypercars on the market today but its silhouette has been around since the Veyron and cosmetic updates are starting to look incremental.
The Valkyrie is using a revolutionary open underfloor design to increase its downforce; which makes it almost look like a land pontoon from behind.
We are approaching a pivotal period in automotive manufacturing. Fuel driven engines are producing extraordinary horsepower and corresponding speeds, but are being easily out-performed by electric powered vehicles in many cases.
Hypercars like the Valkyrie are harbingers of sort, because the future will belong to aerodynamics, featherweight materials and lightspeed acceleration powered by electricity; not gasoline.
Imagine a Valkyrie 20 years from now, powered only by electric motors and enough torque to rip concrete right off the ground upon acceleration… those kind of thoughts only remind me that I was born 100 years too early.