The British company Aston Martin has lifted the veil on the new V6 engine currently under development in its Gaydon workshops, which will power its future range of mid-engine sports models. The new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, with turbos in the middle of the V, has been designed with the electrification of the engine in mind from the start.
The engine, which will be included in the upcoming model Aston Martin Valhalla, which will be launched in 2022, is the first independently developed unit of the British manufacturer since 1968. It has been named “TM01” after the engineer Tadek Marek, who worked at Aston Martin during the 1950s and ’60s.
Like many other new engines, turbochargers have been placed between the cylinder banks. This means that you get a compact package and that the road from turbo to intake is very short, which results in a better response. The entire engine weighs in at less than 200 kg and is designed to meet future emission requirements according to Euro 7.
The engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin in the car. It will be equipped with a dry-sump system to guarantee the lowest possible center of gravity, in addition to guaranteeing perfect lubrication performance during on-limit, high-speed cornering.
As announced by the British company, we will see this engine in different models, both hybrid and plug-in hybrids. However, in Valhalla, it will receive its maximum splendor in terms of benefits. Although the exact figures for power and torque have not yet been officially announced, the Valhalla is expected to make over 1,000 horsepower, thanks to the combination of this new 3.0 V6 gasoline engine together with one or more electric motors on both axles. An eight-speed F1-inspired double-clutch box will be attached to the engine in it.
Hear Aston Martin’s Turbocharged V6, which has already been the subject of a series of in-depth tests on the dyno, fire up for the first time in the video given below.
“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 honor,” said Joerg Ross, Powertrain Chief Engineer. “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.”