Palmer was talking to Autonews Europe in Geneva when he said “Valhalla is a name we have registered in our naming book,” although he didn’t confirm that it would be for the 003, which is due out in 2021 and will be powered by a new V6 hybrid unit developed in-house by the British automaker.
According to Aston Martin, the AM-RB 003 (limited to 500 units) will have performance to “meet and surpass existing top-end hybpercar rivals,” which is why it’s expected to cost more than £1 million ($1.31 million).
Like the Valkyrie, the 003 was also developed with the help of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, a division of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. Palmer also addressed how much it meant for his company to work with Red Bull chief engineer Adrian Newey on this project, saying “one of the things about working with Adrian is the F1 obsession with weight, beyond anything I’ve seen in the car industry. It’s changed our thinking.”
He used the cockpit design as an example, where instead of an infotainment screen you just get a holder for your smartphone.
“In those kind of cars, you are trying to take weight out where you can. You have already got the smartphone in your pocket,” said the Aston Martin boss.
As for the design, the AM-RB 003 is clearly influenced by the Valkyrie, although the automaker claims that it’s more of a “distillation of Aston Martin Valkyrie and not a dilution.”
But what do you think about the name? Should Aston stick with the Norse Mythology theme for this upcoming hypercar, or try something else?