Aston Martin Valhalla engine revealed: electrified turbo V6 in development
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who writes for the likes of Jalopnik, The Telegraph, Carfection, CNET, and DriveTribe.
For the first time since 1968 Aston Martin is readying its first in-house motor. Codenamed TM01 (a reference to Tadek Marek, legendary Aston engineer of the '50s and '60s), a new 3.0-litre turbocharged electrified V6 will sit in a number of future Aston Martin vehicles, but will make its debut in the Valhalla mid-engined supercar. Aston Martin says the hybrid/plug-in hybrid engine it set to be the most powerful in the Aston Martin range, and that the hybrid/plug-in system development is underway.
Aston Martin always had electrification in mind when it came to its new powertrain. Not only will it give each application a huge extra wodge of torque as and when it’s needed, it will also help the new motor achieve stringent Euro 7 emissions standards. A li'l bit of future proofing, to ensure fast Astons can continue to be built for years to come, is no bad thing at all.
In the case of Valhalla, it’ll sit behind the driver. TM01 will feature ‘exceptional lubrication during on-limit, high-speed cornering,’ which means it’ll be blinding even while you’re having a good ol'-fashioned thrash.
Its turbos will be in a ‘hot V’ configuration, sitting between the banks of cylinders, allowing the blowers to get about their business as quickly, and efficiently, as possible. It’s not new tech (the Vantage’s AMG-sourced V8 uses a hot V), but it works, and well too.
Weight, the enemy of performance, has been taken in to account as well. The way TM01 has been designed means it can be configured to weigh less than 200kgs. Not bad considering the kind of power it’ll eventually kick out.
Power and torque figures have yet to be revealed. TM01 isn’t limit to Valhalla, but will feature in a number of vehicles, meaning we’ll find out just what it can do in the coming months and years. The beginning of development means its full capability has yet to be realised…
Aston Martin’s chief engineer, Joerg Ross, said: “This project has been a great challenge from the start. Putting a team together to deliver what is going to be the future power of Aston Martin has been an honour. From the very beginning, we have had the freedom to explore and innovate in a way that we have not been able to do so in a very long time. Most importantly, we wanted to create something that is befitting of the TM01 nameplate and create something that would have impressed our predecessor and pioneering engineer, Tadek Marek.”
Tadek Marek, for those wondering what the ‘TM’ in TM01's name means, was an engineer at Aston Martin in the 1950s and '60s. He worked on three hugely influential engines – the alloy straight six in the DBR2 racing car, a redesign of Aston’s legendary ‘Lagonda’ straight six, and the Aston V8 in 1968 that stayed in service until the year 2000. If anyone would be impressed by such a technologically enhanced in-house Aston motor, it’d be him.