The world of ultra-high performance cars is odd. Stratospheric prices and small production streams mean that few will see someone on the move; fewer people still feel one of the driver's seat. The relentless move of progress pushes their features further and further; 400 hp may have looked more than you would ever need in the 1970s but will not be adequate enough in the sporty sedan now. And they often act as a harbinger of the upcoming global catastrophe – just look at Ferrari Daytona or McLaren F1.
In the present era, we had to find a new term that even describes these four-wheeled exotics. Calling them supercar is no longer enough, so now we have a hypercar. A few years ago, McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche fired things with a trio of hybrids, each worth more than a million dollars, and each of them reached 1000 hp.
As you can imagine in this kind of arms race, the next tranche of hypercarriers will be even more powerful and even more expensive. Each of the big three who are currently pregnant has a connection with Formula One. Mercedes Benz has taken its numerous championship hybrid engine system and wrapped it in a two-piece hull, calling it Project One. McLaren, who has a Formula One team, is unlikely to have taken the three-month layout of his all-powerful F1 90s for Speedtail. And Aston Martin united with Red Bull and legendary designer Adrian Newey for Valkyrie.
There was much speculation about the latter. We have a good idea of how it will look as Aston Martin started to share some images even when called RB-001. But there was a lot more mystery about the engine and the hybrid system. On Tuesday we have some more information. It will really have a petrol engine V12 coupled with an unpublished hybrid system. And this V12 must be a pretty good engine.
Built by another legend F1 – Cosworth Engineering – this is naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 with a 65 degree angle. At 10,500 rpm it will generate 1000 hp. (746 kW) and the other 500 rev. / Min. They will pass before the speed limiter appears. Exact torque arrives just before 7000 rpm, and if it sounds low, remember that there will be some electric motors to increase even more. And it does all this while it still meets the emissions requirements.
Many internal parts of the engine are made of metal blocks such as titanium condensates, F1-spec pistons and crankshaft that takes six months to create, starting as a solid steel beam with a diameter of 170 inches and 30.5 inches 775 mm). As with any Formula 1 car since the Lotus 49 appeared in 1968, the engine is quite strenuous, which means it is attached directly to the firewall behind the cockpit.
Only 150 VCs will be built, with deliveries starting in 2020.
Announcing the image by Aston Martin