The Red Bull Racing-designed Aston Martin hypercar formerly known by the project code AM-RB 001 has officially been given a name: Valkyrie.
Red Bull and Aston Martin entered a partnership last year that would see the two parties combine to create a new hypercar, including heavy influence from esteemed Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey.
The car was officially unveiled by Aston Martin last year, with 150 set to be made for the road and a further 25 track-special editions to be produced. Customer deliveries are set to begin in early 2019.
On Monday, Aston Martin announced that the car would no longer be referred to by its code name, instead becoming the latest in a long line of V-christened cars to come out of Gaydon: the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
“Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite,” chief creative officer Marek Reichman said.
“To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve.
“The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
As per Aston Martin: “The Valkyrie – literal translation from Old Norse being “Chooser of the slain” – are female figures who select who may live and who may die in battle. The Valkyrie then bring half of those slain on the battlefield to Valhalla; the afterlife governed by Odin, Ruler of the Gods.”