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Here's How The Aston Martin Valkyrie's V-12 Was Born From Just Three Cylinders

Here’s How The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V-12 Was Born From Just Three Cylinders

The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V-12 really can be traced back to a simple, efficient three-cylinder engine

With the world on the verge of receiving two V-12 hypercars (the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Gordon Murray T.50), it’s kind of hard to forget that emissions regulations, especially in Europe, make having such things a major pain in the ass. How is it that automakers are still able to pump out V-12 powerplants when the world knows that big engines are inherently dirty? Well, Drivetribe’s Mike Fernie is here to explain to you exactly how the Valkyrie’s V-12 is even possible. Remember how thought that a V-8 was just two four-cylinder engines glued together when you were a child? Well, that’s essentially the case with the Valkyries V-12 – it’s basically four, inline-three engines connected into one unit. There’s a lot more to it and, believe it or not, the Valkyrie’s beast of an engine has an interesting and humble past. Check out the short video below to learn all about it!

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The Aston Martin Valhalla's New Hybrid V-6 Will Soon Spread to the Rest of the Lineup

The Aston Martin Valhalla’s New Hybrid V-6 Will Soon Spread to the Rest of the Lineup

Would you like some supercar DNA with your new DB11 or DBX?

Just weeks apart from one another, we learned not only that Aston Martin was working on its own hybridized V-6 and that the version found in the Valhalla supercar will be named TM01, after the great Tadek Marek. Now, thanks to a new interview between Aston CEO, Andy Palmer, and Autocar, we’ve learned even more about the sheer versatility of the TM01 and what the future holds for it. As it turns out, it’s going to be spread across the entire Aston range over the next few years – an important development, no doubt.

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Aston Martin's Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer

Aston Martin’s Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer

And we can’t wait to hear its growl

As incredible as it may seem, Aston Martin hasn’t had a production-ready engine built in-house since 1968. That’s about to change once the mid-engined Valhalla hits the streets in 2022.

We’ve known for a long time that the Valhalla will be gifted with an F1-inspired, turbocharged and electrified V-6, and we recently reported that Aston Martin was hard at work on this very engine. We had no idea, however, it will pay homage to one of the industry’s most creative engineering minds. Enter the TM01, named after the great Tadek Marek.

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The 2020 Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Is a Valkyrie with a Hybrid V-6 and Luggage Room

The 2020 Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Is a Valkyrie with a Hybrid V-6 and Luggage Room

The gates of heaven have opened and the Valkyrie’s son has arrived

Aston Martin’s long-awaited mid-engine hypercar is about to take the 2019 Geneva Motor Show by storm. It’s called the AM-RB 003 — we previously knew it as “Project 003” — and Aston Martin wants us to think of it as the Valkyrie’s offspring, or, as Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer calls it, “the bridge” that connects the world of mid-engine Astons with the high heavens where the Valkyrie currently resides. Truth be told, the AM-RB 003 shares more than a family tree with the Valkyrie. The former is, in many ways, heavily influenced by the latter, using much of the same technology and fundamental design cues that came to define the Valkyrie. That’s why the AM-RB 003 looks a lot like its “father,” albeit with a more refined and streamlined appearance that goes hand in hand with an electrified powertrain that features a turbocharged V-6 engine. Only 500 units of the AM-RB 003 will be released. There’s no specific price tag yet, but don’t expect it to sell for anything less than £1 million. If you’re keeping score, that’s $1.32 million based on current exchange rates.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Could Come with the World's Most Powerful Naturally-Aspirated Engine!

Aston Martin Valkyrie Could Come with the World’s Most Powerful Naturally-Aspirated Engine!

Meet the new beast in town

The Aston Martin Valkyrie has been a surprise element from a long time. This ambitious project from the British marque is essentially a road-legal version of a Le Mans prototype racer. The $3.3 million hypercar has been teased on multiple occasions and always left us so close to the real thing. Now, Cosworth has confirmed that the Valkyrie will have the world’s most powerful N/A engine ever equipped in a street-legal car. The engine supplier said that the Valkyrie will be offered with an all-atmosphere V-12 unit producing around 1,100 horsepower!

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A New V-6 And Lots More is Coming from Aston Martin In The Next Four Years

A New V-6 And Lots More is Coming from Aston Martin In The Next Four Years

McLaren Senna-battling Project 003 will come before the 488-killer, both mid-engined

Aston-Martin’s new V-6 hybrid engine is in the works. The British company, which has seen a rapid increase in profit in the past few years, is on the verge of a launching spree, planning to launch as many as four cars in the next five years. Among these will be the new Project 003, a mid-engine supercar with a V-6 heart that will act as the stepping stone for the company’s 488-beating model that will follow later.

With the Valkyrie and the DBX just around the corner, Aston-Martin is already working on their next car known as Project 003. Just by numerology, you’d have to think it will have some links with the Valkyrie – codenamed Project 001 – and the Valkyrie AMR Pro – known internally as Project 002. Indeed, the new hypercar will share the mid-engine layout, but the powertrain will be very different.

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Report: Don't Expect to see a Plug-In Hybrid from Aston Martin Anytime Soon

Report: Don’t Expect to see a Plug-In Hybrid from Aston Martin Anytime Soon

We could see an electric sports car soon

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has steered the British automaker into prosperous waters on the back of an aggressive push to become a bigger player in the premium car market. The company has so far pushed the right buttons, but just because Aston’s fortunes are rolling at the moment, it doesn’t mean the company’s going to enter segments that it has no plans of going into. One of those segments is the plug-in hybrid sect, and if Palmer is to be believed, plug-in hybrid Aston Martins are not included in the company’s plans.

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Aston Martin Plans Lineup Expansion

Aston Martin Plans Lineup Expansion

Aston Martin chief exec Andy Palmer wants to expand the British automaker’s catalog to encompass up to seven different models, including a few powered by all-electric and hybrid drivetrains. 

Palmer spoke with the UK-based publication Autocar at the Nurburgring 24-hour enduro race last month, saying that while the marque’s current engine configurations would not necessarily get the axe outright, AM’s intentions involve the utilization of electrification rather than downsizing when it came to future powerplant choices:

“I see in our future obviously V-12s, V-8s and probably battery-electric cars,” Palmer said. “As time evolves, there’s probably an inevitability to hybridisation, simply because, car by car, you can only downsize so much. I’d rather put a hybrid in there than an in-line four-cylinder.”

The statement coincides with mounting pressure from a variety of sources that to force Aston Martin to evolve, both as a brand and technologically. Those pressures include more stringent average emissions standards and the need to sell above the luxury carmaker’s traditional 7,000-units-per-year sales goals.

Regarding the 7,000-units-per-year figure, Palmer said, “It doesn’t work as a business model. It hasn’t worked for Aston Martin, as we have been bankrupt seven times. We didn’t find the solution.”

Palmer went on to say AM couldn’t “afford the multi-billion-dollar bill to engineer all of the active safety-connected car and autonomous car regulatory things that are coming along,” adding, “You either buy them, or you belong to a group that owns them. We don’t want to belong to a group that owns them, so therefore we’ve got to buy them.” However, Aston’s strategic partnership with Daimler, which owns a five percent stake in the British company, opens up access to the tech for Aston, which Palmer says can be mutually beneficial: “It works for Daimler and it works for us.”

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Aston Martin Plans SUV and Hybrid Models by 2020

Aston Martin Plans SUV and Hybrid Models by 2020

British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is reportedly preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new market segments. That’s the word from Reuters, which claims Aston is planning to develop SUVs, luxury sedans and hybrid models by 2020.

"The British high-end marque is working on plans to issue new shares or bonds and extend its current recovery strategy by three years to 2020," Reuters reports, quoting two anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Specifically, the move is part of Aston Martin’s strategy to become a profitable company after struggling to stay afloat for more than half a decade.

The lack of significant investments and a lineup of models sitting on aging platforms have prevented the British automaker from ditching its near-extinction status. Last year it delivered only 4,200 cars, a far cry from the 7,300 units it sold in 2007.

The sources stopped short of offering actual details of the company’s future models, but we expect Aston’s first-ever SUV to be aimed at similar offering currently being developed by Maserati and Bentley. Aston Martin unveiled a concept SUV under the Lagonda name back in 2009, but the moniker has since been used to launch the luxury 2016 Taraf sedan. Likewise, there’s no word on what drivetrains will motivate the upcoming hybrid models, but expect Daimler to provide the technology as part of the agreement that allows the British company to equip its sports cars with AMG-prepped, 4.0-liter, V-8 mills.

Click past the jump to read more about Aston Martin’s future plans.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9 Plug-in Hybrid by Bosch

2013 Aston Martin DB9 Plug-in Hybrid by Bosch

Back in May, Aston Martin announced the Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S as a special entry in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Now the company has teamed up with Bosch Engineering to develop a plug-in-hybrid variant of the DB9 sports car. Could this be a clear sign that Aston Martin is considering hybridization for its future models?

The car received no exterior updates, except, of course, for the expected Bosch swag so we don’t forget who helped electrify the DB9.

All of the major work was made under the hood, where the two companies combined a V-12 engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear wheels. As a result, this hybrid DB9 will deliver a total of 740 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

On top of the amazing output – 230 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque more than the base DB9 – Aston Martin also announced a full-electric range of 16 miles. Rumors are also circulating that the hybrid DB9 will be about 10-percent quicker than the standard car.

Bosch equipped the car with the latest ESP system with four different driving modes: safe, sport, drift, and custom. For the interior, Bosch developed TFT dials and an in-car touchscreen system, which obviously will double as a hybrid system monitor.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9.

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2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S

2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S

Aston Martin has revealed today the first details on a Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S that will be raced at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month.

The model will be based on the standard four-door sedan and will become the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race-pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine and can be run on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen or a combination of the two. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin will race the Nordschleife while emitting just water.

The new Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S features a special Hybrid Hydrogen system that includes a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. The system includes four ultra-high-strength carbon-fiber tanks that can hold 7.7 pounds of hydrogen stored at a 350-bar pressure.

Its official race debut will be made in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours race on May 19th and 20th where it will have to take on more than 150 other cars.

Update 5/16/2013: Aston Martin has revealed the official images of the new Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S in its full blue-and-white racing livery and with its carbon-fiber dash.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.

Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.

From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.

Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.

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Prince Charles converted his Aston Martin to run on wine

Prince Charles converted his Aston Martin to run on wine

We know gas is very expensive this days, but from here to convert a car on running on wine, well is a pretty long way to go! But when you are a great person, a prince for example, you can afford pretty much everything!

Prince Charles decided to convert his 38-year-old Aston Martin to run on bio-ethanol made from English wine!

Converting the Aston Martin played a small but symbolic role. The Prince’s chief aide Sir Michael Peat said: ’Charles only traveled two or three hundred miles a year in the Aston but he wanted it to be environmentally friendly. It just happened that our bioethanol supplier makes the fuel from surplus English wine.’

The car - which is kept at Highgrove and clocks up just 300 miles a year - averages ten miles a gallon, the equivalent of 4.5 bottles of wine for every mile.

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