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The Aston Martin Valkyrie's V12 is an engineering marvel

What does a person need more in life than an 11,000-rpm redline?

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The Valkyrie's 6.5-liter V12 is set to produce 1,000 horsepower at a stratospheric 10,500 rpm.   

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The mill will keep spinning until its 11,100-rpm redline.     

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That's 2,000 rpm higher than the Ferrari 812 Superfast can muster.    

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To ensure the cams and other powertrain parts stay in sync, Cosworth used gears instead of chains to transfer motion from the crankshaft to the cylinder head.   

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While noise is expected, the unique nature of the engine required some extra steps to prevent too much cabin harshness.     

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Like some race cars, the Valkyrie's engine is a full-on structural component, responsible for transferring forces to and fro.     

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Yet, despite all these concessions, Cosworth barely missed its lofty target for engine weight.     

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The firm set a goal of 200 kilograms, which it admitted was a little pie-in-the-sky, but the final product only ended up a couple kilos over that goal.     

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And that's just the engine itself -- it will eventually mate to a hybrid system, the details of which are still to be announced.   

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of this wild engine.

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