Aston Martin to use its Valhalla PHEV to transform EV portfolio

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British luxury sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin is reportedly planning to use its high-performance plug-in hybrid Valhalla as a model for transforming the future of its upcoming electric vehicles.

According to sources, the 937-horsepower Valhalla supercar unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance hints at driver engagement, sound, and visual effects that could appear in its first EV, expected to be launched in 2025.

Commenting on the move, Alex Long, Product & Market Strategy Head for Aston Martin Lagonda, stated that if the performance hybrid tech becomes a success, it may appear in other models down the road.

He also pointed out that Valhalla's engineers were concerned about retaining the firm's racetrack-ready driving dynamics while rolling out the mid-engine two-seater.

The engineers tried to offer the control back for the hybrid powertrain of the Valhalla to the driver, which links a twin-turbo V8 along with two e-motors, by dialing a bit of oversteer and lots of feedback from the front end, among some other changes.

He went on to say that EVs can become less engaging as the driver surrenders control to the innovated driver assistance functions and electrical systems that regulate them, adding that EVs are more suitable for regular everyday driving.

The firm has been mindful about tuning the car's responses back to the driver as the over-assisted drive can cause disengagement.

Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, mentioned that Valhalla also leads the exterior design for the brand's EV portfolio. Its body showcases both painted and carbon surfaced for creating shadows that help the car to be in motion when standing still.

He said the Valhalla is almost a silent operation in EV mode. However, the V8 is said to be noisy and will produce all the noise.

Source credit - https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/28/aston-martin-valhalla-plug-in-hybrid-to-shape-future-evs/