Aston Martin's Valhalla hypercar is getting a surprise engine supplier
And yes, it's a Mercedes engine
The Aston Martin Valhalla was supposed to enter production this year but the ongoing global crisis made things worse for the company and production was delayed to 2023. The mid-engined hybrid hypercar was originally developed with Red Bull and the idea was to give it a the twin-turbo V6 that Aston was going to manufacture in-house but it now looks like the Valhalla will have to use the same V6 that the Mercedes-AMG Project One uses.
Last year, a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll invested in Aston Martin and this brought a few changes to the brand. Stroll took the role of executive chairman of AM and he changed the name of the Racing Point F1 team to Cognizant Aston Martin. The team will utilize Mercedes-sourced F1 units and (presumably) that's when the company realized it would make sense to use a Mercedes-sourced powertrain for the Valhalla as well.
Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers said the Valhalla "will be with us in the second half of 2023 [and] with the technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, there are other chances for us regarding combustion engines, but we will still have an electrified drivetrain".
Moers avoided the subject but it looks like the 1,000-hp 1.6-litre V6 hybrid that lives under the Project One's bonnet is a strong candidate for the Valhalla. Time will tell.