The name’s Valhalla, Aston Martin Valhalla.
That’s the moniker given to the British firm’s powerful new £1.5million 200mph-plus hybrid hypercar, which Mail Online and This is Money can exclusively reveal is set to be one of a trio of Aston Martins to appear in the latest 007 movie now in production starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
The starring role of the new Valhalla – given a licence to thrill alongside two other historic Aston Martin classics – is set to be confirmed later this week following the official naming today of the supercar which until now has been codenamed AM-RB 003.
Say hello to Bond’s new ride: Aston Martin has named its new £1.5m hypercar the Valhalla – and it’s been exclusively revealed to us that it will be driven by Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 film
Fittingly, given the high body count in most Bond movies, the Valhalla takes its name from the Viking legend of the ‘warriors’ paradise’ reserved for the souls of brave fighters slain in battle.
It also continues the Aston Martin tradition going back seven decades of naming its most powerful cars starting with the letter ‘V’.
It is set to replace the Aston Martin DB10 used in the last Bond flick, Spectre. While that vehicle was a fictional model created especially for the on-screen special agent, the Valhalla can driven by Joe Bloggs as well as Bond – granted they can afford the seven-figure asking price.
The first of the other two Astons in the forthcoming film will be the classic gadget, guns and and ejector seat-laden DB5 from the early 1960s.
The DB5 has already appeared in seven Bond movies, starting with its debut in the hands of Sean Connery in Goldfinger in 1964. One of four vehicles created for the movie is due to be sold at auction later this year and Jaguar is recreating a selection of new £300,007 examples of the classic Bond favourite.
The second model to feature in the upcoming 007 flick is the 1987 V8 Vantage, which was used in The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton as the Secret Service agent.
It is also understood that some the baddies in the next movie – which is currently being referred to as ‘Bond 25’ – will be seen driving the new Land Rover Defender, until now seen only in a camouflage disguise, due for unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Valhalla takes its name from the Viking legend of the ‘warriors’ paradise’ reserved for the souls of brave fighters slain in battle
Until now it has had the code-name AM-RB 003, similar to the AM-RB 001 given to the Valkyrie. The RB stands for Red Bull Racing, which has helped to develop the hypercar
Just 500 examples will be made, each one costing in the region of £1.5million
The new Aston Martin Valhalla mid-engined hypercar has been developed in collaboration with F1 race-oriented Red Bull Advanced Technologies, from which the earlier AM-RB initials derived.
Just 500 examples of the powerful but lightweight and aerodynamic all-carbon fibre coupes will be built for sale worldwide as a rival to to Britain’ McLaren Senna from Woking and Italy’s La Ferrari. It’s due for release in early 2021.
The Valhallas will be powered by a new specially-developed turbocharged V6 petrol engine, believed to be 3.0-litre unit, linked to a battery-electric hybrid system.
The highly efficient high output combination is expected to develop 1,000bhp – equivalent to 10 Ford Fiestas – and enough to propel the hypercar from rest to 60mph in under three seconds.
007 will have around 1,000bhp at his disposal to track down the next Bond villain, played by Rami Malek
The Valhallas will be powered by a new specially-developed turbocharged V6 petrol engine, believed to be 3.0-litre unit, linked to a battery-electric hybrid system
The Valhalla has been developed in part with the held of NASA to ensure it is as aerodynamic as possible
It will be the first car to receive Aston Martin’s new hybrid turbo V6 engine which marks the firm’s return to in-house designed engines.
The new Valhalla follows the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro as the third hypercar in Aston Martin’s mid-engined line-up, to be followed by the new Vanquish.
To keep the Valhalla supercar grounded, cutting-edge aerospace technology – used to create the supercar’s variable aerofoil across the rear wing – was flight-tested by NASA.
It also has more interior interior room than the Valkyrie.
To create more space between driver and passenger, the centre console has been widened, while luggage space is provided using a terrace behind the seats. There will also be stowage areas for oddments such as a wallet, mobile phone or even 007’s Walther PPK.
The minimalist wraparound cockpit and curved windscreen reduces visual clutter.
Bond’s view will look like this, with a futuristic dash and a leather-bound steering wheel that wouldn’t look out of place in an F1 car
The minimalist wraparound cockpit and curved windscreen reduces visual clutter, says Aston Martin designers
The AM-RB 003 – as it has been called until now – was first revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, where it won many admirers
A display screen mounted on the steering column improves the view through the steering wheel without any rim block. The 3D printed centre console removes 50 per cent of the mass, while creating integrated functional switches.
The Valhalla programme was run from the new Aston Martin Advanced Performance Centre in Milton Keynes.
Aston Martin said: ‘Employing lightweight construction methods and radical aerodynamics pioneered in Valkyrie, Valhalla will be propelled by a combination of high-efficiency, high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system.’
It added: ‘Named after the warrior’s paradise celebrated in ancient Norse mythology, Valhalla follows Valkyrie on Aston Martin’s journey into the highest echelons of road car performance.’
It noted: ‘In continuing the fine tradition of Aston Martin “V” cars, Valhalla can trace its lineage back to 1951, when the Vantage designation was given to high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Though actual Vantage badging was never applied, the name stuck.’
Actor Daniel Craig poses for a picture during a photocall for the British spy franchise’s 25th film set for release next year, titled ‘Bond 25’ in Oracabessa, Jamaica in April
The Valhalla will replace the DB10, which was used by Bond in the latest installment of the franchise, Spectre. While the DB10 was a fictional model made especially for 007, the Valhalla will be available to well-heeled customers
The Vantage name first appeared on the flanks of the Aston Martin DB5. It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage family of V8 and V12 engines became a model line in its own right and one of the most successful in the firm’s history.
Aston Martin said: ‘Together with the recently announced Vanquish Vision Concept, Valhalla continues this proud, seven decade old ‘V’ car naming strategy, providing an evocative and powerful moniker fit for one of the world’s most compelling ultra-high performance cars.’
Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer, Andy Palmer told Mail Online and This is Money: ‘Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story.
‘In following the Valkyrie we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection.’
He said: ‘Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme.
‘For those fortunate enough to own one I’m sure they will recognise and appreciate the name’s connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver’s seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla.’
One of four Aston Martin DB5s created for the 1964 film Gldfinger is being auctioned in the US later this year
Bond 25 will also mark the return of the 1980s V8 Vantage, which first featured in The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton as the Secret Service agent
It’s also understood that Bond’s adversaries will use Land Rover’s new Defender, which has yet to be revealed. Prince Harry had an early preview of the new 4×4 at the launch of the Hague Invictus Games earlier this year
In Norse mythology, Valhalla – which translates literally as ‘the hall of the fallen’ – is an enormous and majestic hall in Asgard, one of the Nine Realms of Viking legend.
Described as a warriors’ paradise, it is the place to which the souls of the bravest slain in battle go.
They are chose and guided there by the Valkyries – a group of warrior maidens who gather the fallen at the behest of Odin, the All-Father of Nordic gods.
Bond 25 – as it is currently know – is due for release in April 2020.
Daniel Craig recently underwent surgery following an injury during filming for the new movie. The actor damaged his ankle after falling during the recording of a high-octane scene in Jamaica in May.
However, the 51-year-old has since been snapped looking fighting fit, pictured back in gym for the first time since his injury in a recent Instagram post by photographer Greg Williams.