In December, Aston Martin and Cosworth let us in on the details of the 1,000-horsepower V12 that would putter the new Valkyrie supercar along. But, because merely crossing the threshold into four-digit power numbers is never enough, Aston announced Friday that the car will get another 160 horses courtesy of its hybrid powertrain.
That brings the rated power output to 1,160 brake horsepower at 10,500 rpm, if specifics even matter past 999.
Aston said in its announcement of the full power figures that the first Valkyrie prototypes are “beginning to take shape,” and that the hybrid system paired to the car’s naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V12 powerhouse created with Cosworth comes from two main development partners: Integral Powertrain Ltd., which made the electric motor, and electric supercar maker Rimac, which brought a lightweight hybrid battery system to the party.
While the V12 alone makes the 1,000 BHP mentioned earlier and about 546 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm, Aston claims that the hybrid system brings the numbers up to 1,160 BHP at 10,500 rpm and 664 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm—giving the Valkyrie a power boost and an extra burst of low-end torque. The system tops out at 11,100 rpm, Aston said, which the company claims is a “world first” for a naturally aspirated, emissions-compliant road car.
Because “Formula One cars for the road” are the hot new thing, we’ve known for a while that the Valkyrie models will get some F1-inspired technology. That includes Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, which return extra energy harnessed under braking to the car, and the V12 that “evok[es] the spine-tingling, ultra-high-revving F1 engines of the 1990s.”
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The less enjoyable feeling evoked from the Valkyrie is the sheer strangeness of its headlights, since they look about as attractive as a pair of eyes drawn on an alien in a children’s cartoon. But considering the Valkyrie could outrun all of us with its 1,160 BHP, maybe we should keep that opinion to ourselves.