The Aston Martin Valhalla supercar will pack a new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with hybrid assistance, according to a new announcement from the automaker. The engine has the codename TM01 as a nod to the company's engineer Tadek Marek in the 1950s and '60s. Aston notes that this powerplant is the brand's first with an in-house design since 1968.
Aston Martin isn't offering horsepower or torque specifications for the TM01 engine yet, but earlier rumours put the number at roughly 1,000 bhp (746 kilowatts). The company's announcement only says that those specs would come when the Valhalla debuts in 2022.
Gallery: Aston Martin Valhalla TM01 3.0-litre turbocharged V6
The powerplant features a "hot V" layout that places the turbos in the valley between the banks of cylinders. The automaker reports the engine weighs less than 200 kilograms (441 pounds). Aston also doesn't go into detail about the hybrid system. However, the company promises "the complete unit will become the most powerful in the Aston Martin range when on sale."
"Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge. Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising," Aston Martin President and Group CEO Andy Palmer said about the TM01 engine.
The company will build 500 units of the Valhalla, and they'll each carry a base price of £875,000. Similar to the upcoming Valkyrie, Aston Marting works with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Formula One car engineer Adrian Newey on this vehicle's design. The body includes a FlexFoil rear wing that can alter the amount of downforce without changing the angle of attack, in addition to not creating drag, turbulence, or wind noise.
ASTON MARTIN BREATHES LIFE INTO A NEW V6 ERA
New 3.0-litre V6 Aston Martin-designed engine set for debut in Valhalla
Hybrid / plug-in hybrid engine set to be most powerful in Aston Martin range
‘Hot V’ configuration allows high performance electrification and future emissions compliance
In-house hybrid / plug-in hybrid system development is underway
Tuesday 24 March, Gaydon: Aston Martin has revealed further details of its in-house designed V6 engine, which has been created initially for deployment in a new range of mid-engined sportscars, starting with the Aston Martin Valhalla from 2022.
Codenamed TM01 – celebrating Aston Martin’s illustrious engineer of the 50s and 60s, Tadek Marek – the engine has already undergone a series of extensive testing on the dyno, as the team make progress towards creating the luxury British brand’s first in-house designed engine since 1968.
Confirmed today as a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, the full powertrain will be electrified – an aspect that has been key to the engine’s development from day one. In parallel to the tests shown today, Aston Martin is developing a new range of hybrid systems that will ensure that the complete unit will become the most powerful in the Aston Martin range when on sale. The final power and torque figures for each application of this powertrain will be determined by the desired characteristics of each product it serves and confirmed at the time of launch.
Following the Aston Martin Valkyrie - the brand’s first mid-engined hypercar - many key learnings have been directly applied to this project. As a result, the decision to develop the engine with a ‘hot V’ structure was clear from the start, with the configuration allowing for this compact engine to weigh less than 200kg.
Higher engine speeds, in combination with the benefits of electrification, will offer the performance characteristics of a mid-engined sportscar on an extreme level. Naturally, the engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin and equipped with a dry sump system to guarantee the lowest possible centre of gravity. The system will also deliver exceptional lubrication performance during on-limit, high-speed cornering. Despite the overt nature of this powertrain, the engine is designed to meet all future emission requirements for Euro 7.
Joerg Ross, Powertrain Chief Engineer said: “This project has been a great challenge from the start. Putting a team together to deliver what is going to be the future power of Aston Martin has been an honour. From the very beginning, we have had the freedom to explore and innovate in a way that we have not been able to do so in a very long time. Most importantly, we wanted to create something that is befitting of the TM01 nameplate and create something that would have impressed our predecessor and pioneering engineer, Tadek Marek”.
Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer said about this engine: “Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge. Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.”
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