The 2022 Aston Martin Valhalla will gain a hybrid power train powered by the first in-house designed V6 engine in over 50 years.
Renowned more for marketing dreams rather than ecological practicality, Aston Martin is now looking at ways of maintaining the “dream factor” whilst meeting the increasingly stringent requirements of emission standards and a more ecologically aware customer base.
The step the company has taken could be described as tentative rather than bold with the next range of mid-engined sports cars set to use hybrid power trains charged up by what Aston Martin describes as the “hot V”.
The first car to use the new power train will be the Valhalla, scheduled for availability in 2022. Currentlly codenamed the TM01, the in-house designed V6 engine has already undergone a series of extensive testing on the dynomometer.
The mere fact that the engine was designed by Aston Martin’s own team is remarkable as this will be the luxury British brand’s first in-house designed engine since 1968. The 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 will have a fully electrified powertrain, an aspect that Aston Martin pointed out was key to the engine’s development from day one.
In parallel to this, the company is developing a new range of hybrid systems that will ensure that the complete unit will become the most powerful in the Aston Martin range when on sale.
Higher engine speeds, in combination with the benefits of electrification, will offer the performance characteristics of a mid-engined sportscar on an extreme level. The system will also deliver exceptional lubrication performance during on-limit, high-speed cornering. Additionally, the engine is designed to meet all future emission requirements for Euro 7.
According to Joerg Ross, Powertrain Chief Engineer at the company, the project has been challenging from the start as this is going to be the future power of Aston Martin. From the very beginning, the team had the freedom to explore and innovate in a way that they had not been able to do in a very long time.
“Most importantly, we wanted to create something that is befitting of the TM01 nameplate and create something that would have impressed our predecessor and pioneering engineer, Tadek Marek, after whom the engine is named,” he says.
Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer said about this engine: “Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge. This power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.”