Aston Martin Valkyrie Tops 1,160bhp With Hybrid Boost

As if the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s 1,000bhp naturally aspirated V12 engine wasn’t enough power, the British manufacturer has now strapped a hybrid system to it pushing total output to 1,160bhp.

The Gaydon factory made the announcement following previous details about the Cosworth-built 65-degree naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine released at the backend of last year. With a certified peak power output of 1,000bhp at 10,500rpm, it can revved safely to a maximum 11,100rpm and is a thing of real beauty.

Its electric hybrid system draws from the Formula One racing knowledge of Red Bull Advanced Technologies with many key components able to handle more than one job.

For example, both the V12 engine and gearbox casing act as stressed members of the vehicle chassis with rear suspension mounting points hanging off the gearbox, improving rigidity and eliminating the weight of an additional rear subframe. The battery pack also serves as the carrier for the vehicle’s power electronics, while the E-Motor’s role in a KERS-style Power Boost mode and the Energy Recovery System completed alongside its ability to help the mechanical performance of the gearbox.

On top of the horsepower, the hybrid system boosts torque by an extra 280Nm to a full 900Nm at 6,000rpm.

Vice-president and special vehicle operations officer, David King, said: “Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the ultimate hypercar in the automotive world and these performance figures underline that statement.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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