Ferrari has, and continues, to engineer some of the most incredible road cars on sale today, which makes its engineering talent highly sought after. Aston Martin realized this when work began on the mid-engine Valkyrie hypercar and it plucked key talent from Ferrari to ensure the car’s engineering prowess.
In an interview with Autoblog, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said his strategy to ensure his company’s mid-engine hypercar tackles Ferrari head on is quite simple: he hires Ferrari engineers. “Well, to start with, you recruit from Ferrari the head of body structures, and the head of powertrains. I’ve now got three of Ferrari’s key guys. And really, it’s a big compliment to Ferrari,” he said.
“[The 488 GTB] is the defining car in its segment, and it’s really, really good. And those three guys now work for me.”
The Aston Martin Valkyrie won’t exactly tackle the 488 GTB in price, but it will boast some incredible specs. It will feature a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 engine augmented by a KERS-style hybrid system. The V12 alone could make 1,000 horsepower, only aided by the hybrid system, which may add another 130 hp. Only 150 road-going examples will be built, and with Ferrari talent on board, you bet it’s going to be one hell of a ride.