Aston Martin Introduces Its Own In-House, Turbocharged V6 Engine

Cherryl Anne Cruz

Aston Martin has revealed more details of its in-house designed V6 engine last March 24. The highly-anticipated engine, which was created to power up its newest range of mid-engined sport cars, will be fitted starting with the Aston Martin Valhalla in 2022.

Making the V6 Aston Martin-designed engine

Codenamed TM01, the turbocharged engine pays homage to Aston Martin's well-respected engineer, Tadek Marek.

Joerg Ross, Powertrain Chief Engineer said: “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 honour. 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”.

In case you don't know Marek, he was a pivotal figure in creating the Aston Martin's six-cylinder engine cars from 1954 up to 1965, and was an important figure in designing the company's V8 engine--the mainstay of the Aston Martin lineup for decades.

In-House V6 Engine

Their V6 engine today has already underwent a series of extensive testing, as they inch closer towards creating the luxury British brand's in-house designed engine since 1968.

Manufacturing the V6 Aston Martin-designed engine

 

The 3.0-liter turbocharged, fully-electric V6 engine is expected to be the "most powerful in the Aston Martin range when it goes on sale",  especially with the new range of hybrid systems they're currently testing and developing to complete the unit.

Electrification, together with a faster engine will allow this mid-engined sports car to perform at its best. Generally, the engine in sports cars are placed directly behind the driver's cabin and equipped with a dry sump system to ensure the lowest possible center of gravity. It will also deliver outstanding lubrication performance during on-limit, high-speed cornering, while meeting all future emission requirements for Euro 7.

Many key lessons—especially from their experience in creating their first mid-engine hypercar, the Aston Martin Valkyrie—have been applied to the creation of the engine. From the start, they have decided to develop the engine with a "hot V" structure. This allowed the compact engine to weigh less than 200 kilograms. 

Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer said about this engine: “Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge. Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.”

 

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