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.

What’s new about the Valhalla V-6 engine?

Aston Martin’s new in-house-developed twin-turbocharged V-6 will have a hot-vee configuration.

A handful of carmakers are already using this approach including the likes of Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG.

A hot-vee turbo engine is essentially a regular V with the turbocharger (or turbochargers) positioned inside the valley formed by the cylinder banks. The solution entails a couple of benefits, including less turbo lag (as the exhaust gasses have to travel on a shorter path) and better efficiency (the turbos’ temperature remains higher, which keeps boost steady) for crisper oomph delivery.

Aston Martin's Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer
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Aston Martin has been testing the 3.0-liter powerplant on the dyno so we can only guess that the Brits are applying the finishing touches. The engine’s R&D was thought out with hybridization in mind right off the bat, although Aston Martin is still coy on details such as power and torque, which will vary according to “each application of this powertrain.” That means that it’s not just the Valhalla that will benefit from this new engine tech as Aston Martin clearly has plans to trickle it down throughout its lineup.

Other engine characteristics we can report on at this time are:

  • Overall weight of under 200 kilos (441 pounds)
  • Equipped with a dry sump system
  • Will meet future Euro 7 emission requirements
  • Compatible with both hybrid and plug-in-hybrid systems

Who was Tadek Marek?

Aston Martin's Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer
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Polish-born engineer Tadek Marek joined Aston Martin in 1953, swapping boats from Austin. Previously, he had worked for Fiat in Poland and General Motors and even raced at the 1937, 1938, and 1939 Monte Carlo Rally in Fiat 1100, Lancia Aprilia, and Opel Olympia, respectively.

His first task at Aston Martin, however, was to improve on the DB2’s 2.6-liter inline-six engine developed by WO Bentley in the mid 1940s.

Marek’s first standalone project came with the development of the DBR2, which got a new 3.6-liter, all-alloy straight-six unit developed integrally under Marek’s supervision. The rock-solid reliability and versatility of this powerplant determined Aston Martin to use it for the likes of DB4, DB5, DB6, including the first wave of DBS models produce before the brand introduced its first V-8 in 1969. This, too, was developed by Marek.

The V-8 displaced 5.4 liters and was, towards the end of the 1990s, slapped with a supercharger by Callaway, allowing the extraction of no less than 600 horsepower in the 1998 V8 Vantage LeMans V600. In standard spec, Marek’s V-8 was a constant presence in Aston Martin’s cars throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the first-gen Virage.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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