Aston Martin Valkyrie’s 1,000bhp V12 engine

Aston Martin Valkyrie’s 1,000bhp V12 engine


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so this is it then the Aston Martin Valkyries v12 engine developed by Cosworth of course in a little over two years and first things first this was a clean sheet design so little over two years ago they were staring at a white screen and have developed this thing from absolute scratch those initial initial specs set by Adrian Newey of course were this six litres 950 horsepower and to make it as light as humanly possible this is the finished article and the specs have improved so it is now 6.5 liters naturally aspirated v12 it will Rev to 11000 rpm and produces a nice round 1000 brake horsepower the other thing about this perhaps the most significant thing about this engine is how light it is just 202 kilograms to give you a bit of context the 177 engine itself a light weight v12 weighed 280 kilograms as an example of how pedantic they’ve been with the light weighting here well the first time we saw this engine Adrian Newey came in here and started tapping away at the lacquer on this engine cover he asked Cosworth how much it weighs the answer was 130 grams and he pulled his disappointed face and which is why you can now order your Valkyrie with or without the lacquer depending on how hardcore you want to be there will be a hybrid boost element I’m told so there is going to be an electric motor incorporated into the gearbox they’re not talking about how much power that’s going to produce yet but around about a hundred horsepower is a fair guess or a total of about 1,100 horsepower but rather than that adding extra performance extra acceleration that electric motor is more about taming this engine at low speeds ok it’s one of the most high-performance engines ever produced the most powerful naturally aspirated v12 ever produced but you still got to be able to drive this thing around town you still got to be able to go for a coffee in it and you don’t want to be kangaroo in down the Kings Road so that electric motor just talked feels lets you pull away smoothly at low revs they say this thing has a life of a hundred thousand I’m not sure how many people are going to drive there Valkyrie for a hundred thousand kilometers but there you go it has to over perform in all areas this thing is an engineering marvel and I don’t know about you but I’m ready to hear it operating they’ve actually got one on the dyno through there their endurance testing the engine as we speak so if we make our way through we can hear it doing a lap of Silverstone right now this might look like a bit of an old broom cupboard around the back of Cosworth but actually behind this wall is the engine that Valkyries v12 on the dyno and if I waggle this handle apparently they’re going to run it on a simulation of the first section the Silverson track so we can actually hear it in all its glory so you guys any moment now oh yes we’ll have a bit of that

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