Aston Martin Confirms ‘Baby Valkyrie’ Will Use Hybrid Power

Aston Martin has confirmed that its upcoming ‘baby Valkyrie‘, designed to rival the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 720S, will use a hybrid powertrain.

During a discussion with journalists at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, chief executive Andy Palmer revealed that the mid-engine supercar will be co-developed with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team and launch in 2020.

Palmer didn’t provide specifics about the forthcoming supercar’s powertrain, but alongside confirming it will be a hybrid, he ruled out the possibility of a V12 due to weight. Motoring suggests that a version of the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is probably the most likely choice. When paired with an electric motor, a horsepower figure in the mid-700s should be achievable.

It isn’t just the powertrain which will distinguish the model from all other Aston Martins. Palmer also stated that it will be based around a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque complete with aluminum front and rear crash structures. Like the Valkyrie, these underpinnings should allow the supercar to be exceptionally light.

Palmer also said the Valkyrie exists solely for the very reason of putting Aston Martin on the map for creating mid-engine supercars.

“The reason we do Valkyrie is to prepare the ground for the acceptance of a Ferrari 488 competitor.

“Aston has never done a mid-engined car before but, fast-forward three years, and if you’re already famous for the fastest car in the world and you’ve been in Formula 1 and, hopefully, won a few titles, then all of a sudden it’s obvious Aston should have a mid-engined supercar,” he commented.

Note: Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro pictured

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  • Elmediterraneo

    I hope Mercedes too will make their own hybrid supercar with their V8 under the F1 powered Project One.
    And Bugatti too with a W12 baby Chiron. All of them mass produced like Aston Martin’s supercar, the Ferrari 488 or the McLaren 720S.

    • Kaisuke971

      It doesn’t really make sense for Bugatti, I’d rather see them do a four door four seater sort of Lagonda rival. Something that would seat above the Mulsanne but being more of a GT than a luxobarge.

    • Mercedes AMG mid engine supercar sounds nice, since Mercedes hardly done that except from close to production concept such as C111 and C112.

      But I agree with Kaisuke there, it will actually compete with Lamborghini offering and it’s an open secret that Bugatti next model is called Atlantic which is hybrid 2+2.

  • It seems half of AML range will consist of electric and hybrid by 2022. Sounds good for them.

  • Belthronding

    whatever aston is doing.count me in

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