Aston Martin has announced its new TM01 engine platform, named for Tadek Marek, Aston's famed engineer of the 1950s and 1960s.
TM01 takes the form of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 utilising Aston Martin’s own in-house hybrid technology and, while power figures have not been revealed, the brand says the engine will be “the most powerful in the Aston Martin range”.
The new platform – which Aston Martin states will feature in a “new range of mid-engined sports cars” including the 2022 Valhalla – suggests a direction change for the English marque, as the brand has only released Mercedes-AMG-powered front-engined cars in recent times. Its DB11 uses a Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8 and the DBS uses a Ford-built V12 (soon to be repatriated), both mounted up front.
As of now, the accolade of most powerful Aston Martin belongs to the soon-to-be-released Valkyrie, with its hybridised 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 producing a combined 845kW – so expect the TM01 to exceed that figure.
The TM01 powertrain’s outputs will vary depending on the application, so although the Valhalla will be the first model to see the engine, this does not necessarily mean its output will exceed the Valkyrie’s. That honour may belong to the brand's new halo model.
TM01 will feature a ‘hot V’ layout, denoting that its turbochargers are placed between the two banks of the V-configured engine. This reduces the overall size of the engine and keeps the unit’s weight at less than 200kg.
A ‘dry sump’ oil system – like what is seen in some high-end racing applications – does away with a conventional oil sump pan and oil pump to ensure optimum lubrication in severe driving conditions. The system also further-reduces engine dimensions, allowing Aston Martin to place the unit lower in the chassis for improved performance.
The TM01 is the first engine designed in-house by Aston Martin since 1968.
CarAdvice has confirmed, of the 500 Valhallas to be built, there are examples destined for Australia – although an exact number is still to be confirmed. The Valhalla will begin delivery in 2022.