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Only 500 examples of new track-focused road car to be made.

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Aston Martin has revealed that its next hypercar all be called the Valhalla.

Described until now as the AM-RB 003, the newcomer follows the tradition established by the previous Aston Martin Valkyrie by adopting the name from Norse mythology.

In the Norse tradition Valhalla was a great hall ruled over by the god Odin, where half of those killed in battle would spend the afterlife. It was deemed a great honour to die in battle, and the slain warriors who would travel to Valhalla were chosen by Valkyries.

The mid-engined, petrol-electric hypercar is being developed in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, sister firm to the World Championship-winning Formula One team.

The Valhalla will make use of the technology and experience that Aston Martin gained from building the Valkyrie, but whereas the previous hypercar was specifically for track use, the newcomer will be track-focused but road legal.

Signature elements will be the lightweight construction methods, the body made solely from carbon-fibre, and what Aston Martin describes as “radical aerodynamics”.

Power will come from a turbocharged V6 petrol engine and a battery-electric hybrid system. Performance figures are yet to be revealed, Aston Martin quoting only the number of cars that will be built, which will be 500.

Emotional name

Announcing the name, Aston Martin Lagonda chief executive Andy Palmer, said: that Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story.

“In following the Valkyrie, we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection,” he added. “Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme.”

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The Valhalla will sit alongside the Valkyrie seen here at the Geneva show. Photo: Andrew Charman

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.