Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced that it was working on a hybrid hypercar to sit below the Valkyrie in the brand’s line-up. Until now, the car was being referred to as Project 003, signifying that it’s the third collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. But now, according to AutoGuide, the new hypercar has a name and yes it starts with a ‘V’.
The publication reports a trademark application filed by Aston Martin with the World Intellectual Property organization for ‘Valhalla’ to be used on “passenger cars and racing cars and parts and fittings therefor,” among other vehicle types. Last year, Marek Reichman had told the Australian outlet Drive that the Valhalla name was being saved for an upcoming supercar.
The Project 003 hypercar will draw a lot of its technology and visual identity from the Valkyrie. In fact, Aston officials have been calling the new hypercar the “son of the Valkyrie” or “baby Valkyrie.” As it turns out, the name Valhalla also has a direct connection with the Valkyrie name. As per a Norse legend, a Valkyrie was a female figure that would choose which warriors would die, and which would live in a battle. If you were selected to die, the Valkyrie would fly you to the hall of the slain in Valhalla.
“The mythology behind the name is perfect, because you are chosen to come to Valhalla,” Reichman said. “For me, it is very much about being the chosen one, and everything tied into place as we knew we’d have to go through a choosing process too with our customers.”
The Valhalla will arrive in 2021 with a turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain. Unlike the Valkyrie, it will be fully homologated for both left and right-hand drive markets. While the Valkyrie is priced at $3.2 million and is limited to only 150 units, the production run of the ‘003’ is capped at 500 units each going for around $1 million.