The Aston Martin Valkyrie will be most powerful N/A car ever made
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The motoring world has been bloviating for a few years now about the Aston Martin AM-RB 001; which eventually became known as the Valkyrie.
We've talked about the combination of star-studded co-developers — AM joined by the Red Bull F1 squad and Cosworth. We've talked about the history of the name and Aston's other V-worded nameplates.
We've even gasped to ourselves, upon finding out that one was going to come to New Zealand. But until now, we've not known how powerful this hypercar was going to be.
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But, thanks to a social media mishap from Cosworth, we now know.
The storied engineering company — famed for working on various fast Fords, Mercs, Porsches, and more — tweeted out overnight that the Valkyrie "will be the most powerful naturally aspirated road engine with 1,130bhp".
Converted, that's 846kW from a 6.5-litre V12 engine with no forced induction. That's like putting more than five Ford Ranger Raptors ... or 13 and a bit Kia Picantos.
With just about everyone else shifting to turbocharged or supercharged technology, the current most-powerful-naturally-aspirated car might come as a surprise. It's the Ferrari 812 Superfast — more a supercar than a hypercar.
But, before anyone could get too cute and ask too many questions to either Aston Martin or Cosworth about the news, Cosworth deleted the tweet from their account. But expect the figure to be confirmed formally in due course.
The power reveal makes for a curious comparison between the Valkyrie and its lead rivals; the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the McLaren Senna.
The former develops 761kW from its Formula 1–inspired hybrid power-train, while the latter makes a comparatively tame 588kW from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
It sounds, therefore, like the Valkyrie might eat the other two for breakfast once it launches.
Now, Aston Martin, it's time to release what this utter beast sounds like ...