Video: Aston Martin Valkyrie takes to the Bahrain F1 circuit
UK-based vehicle manufacturer Aston Martin has released a short film showcasing its latest road-and-track-going hypercar, the Valkyrie, completing laps around the Bahrain Formula 1 racetrack.
Situated behind the driver and rigid-mounted to the back of the carbon-fiber tub is a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine from Cosworth producing 1,029ps. A transaxle gearbox sits behind the powertrain and benefits from an integrated 142ps electric motor.
The electric motor carries out several jobs including torque fills for the seven-speed sequential gearbox, used to get the Valkyrie rolling to save the clutch, and to give the vehicle an extra power boost when a button is pressed on the steering wheel. The motor’s 1.7kWh battery, developed by Rimac, is recharged only by the V12 and cannot be plugged in.
To save weight, the entirety of the Valkyrie’s suspension is hung from the powertrain, and no rear subframe features in the car. Originally, Aston Martin claimed the Valkyrie had a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, but this has changed during development, with the hypercar now weighing 1,270kg without fluids.
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