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Aston Martin Valkyrie… the hypercar formerly known as AM-RB 001

When it was revealed, the joint Aston Martin and Red Bull hypercar was known as AM-RB 001, now it’ll be officially known as the Valkyrie.

CONTINUING A TRADITION of using V in the naming of its vehicles (back to 1951), the Aston Martin Valkyrie replaces the vehicle’s codename, AM-RB 001.

Back in 1951 with the release of the Aston Martin Vantage, it was decided that a V-name would distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5. It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right.

Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”  

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Aston Martin will only release 150 versions of the Valykrie, all powered by a 6.5-litre V12 Cosworth-built engine which will be matched to a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox. According to rumour, all 150 road-going examples have already been sold for 2million.

According to Aston Martin, the Valkyrie has been designed to be as close as possible to a Formula One car for the road. There will also be a track-only version of the Valkyrie which is rumoured to rival an LMP1 car for performance.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.