We’re not really surprised – the naming comes as a continuation of the traditional naming nomenclature for the high-performance Aston Martin ‘V’ cars that can be traced back to 1951.
So, without further ado, we don’t have to call the new hypercar by its codename – as the Am-RB 001 has been officially christened as the Valkyrie – an ancient name from Norse mythology. By the way, the line of Aston Martin V-car includes the Vantage, as well as recent models such as the Virage, Vanquish and Vulcan. Valkyrie, according to the chief creative officer Marek Reichman, has drama written in it. “The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”
But in case you don’t know your Norse mythology (something of use lately in the auto industry – just look at Volvo and the Thor’s hammer signature LEDs), these are ‘female figures who select who may live and who may die in battle’: it literally means ‘chooser of the slain’. As an act of mercy they take half of those slain on the battlefield to Valhalla, the afterlife paradise ruled Odin, the chief of all Gods. There’s no half measure here though – all 150 examples of the Valkyrie have been promptly fetched by affluent buyers.