Simply put, it's going to be the most powerful naturally aspirated road car ever.
When a car’s badge is 30 percent thinner than human hair, you know you’re dealing with something quite special. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is that kind of car, one that’s worth waiting for not just for its ultra-lightweight construction, but also for the four-digit horsepower it will offer. A report from June 2017 stipulated the hypercar would offer a whopping 1,130 horsepower and it looks like the rumour was true.
In a post published yesterday on Twitter, Cosworth revealed its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 will unleash that kind of power to create the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated road car. Interestingly, the message on the social medial channel has since been removed, but here’s a screenshot of the post showing Cosworth’s bold claims.
The most powerful naturally aspirated road car you can buy today is the Ferrari 812 Superfast, which also comes with a 6.5-litre V12 engine. The prancing horse offers 789 bhp, which although is undoubtedly an impressive number considering the lack of forced induction, it’s no match for the Valkyrie’s promised muscle.
There’s just one issue that needs to be clarified, though. The aforementioned rumour did speak about the Valkyrie getting 1,130 bhp, but mentioned the conventional engine would have somewhere in the region of 1,000 bhp. As far as the remaining 130 bhp is concerned, it might come from the F1-derived kinetic energy regeneration system (KERS).
Even if the V12 will be good for “just” 1,000 bhp, it’ll still make it the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever fitted to a road car, offering 211 bhp more than the V12 engines in the Superfast and the LaFerrari. Factor in a curb weight estimated at 1,030 kilograms, the Cosworth-powered Aston Martin Valkyrie is shaping up to be an absolute rocket.
As a refresher, there’s even going to be a more intense track-only AMR Pro version that could go for the overall Nürburgring lap record established recently by Porsche with a time of 5 minutes and 19.546 seconds using an unrestricted 919 Hybrid.
Source: Cosworth / Twitter via Road and Track