The hypercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001, has now been officially named the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The name continues a tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars that began back in 1951 with Vantage which was selected as a name to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Boasting 125bhp versus 105bhp for the standard engine, the Vantage represented a significant increase in performance and desirability. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5. It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right.
Virage, Vanquish and the Aston Martin Vulcan, Aston Martin’s very own God of fire, are more recent ‘V’ cars to continue this lineage. Now, seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this distinctive family of model names to another level.
For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valkyrie captures the drama of what is not only the ultimate Aston Martin, but the ultimate expression of hypercar design.
“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning." says Reichman "They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
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