The Aston Martin Valkyrie suffered stage fright and stopped working during its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speedby Dim Angelov, on
A Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V-12, 11,000 RPM, hybrid powertrain, 1,160 horsepower (865 kilowatts). Those are just some of the astonishing numbers of the $3.0+ million Aston Martin Valkyrie. The car is able to hit 60 mph (97 km/h) in under 3.0 seconds and only 150 units will be produced with deliveries starting in September. Moreover, there is an even rarer Valkyrie AMR Pro, limited to just 40 units. Nevertheless, the Valkyrie’s debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed turned out to be less than glamorous, as the car had an unexpected malfunction during the hill climb.
According to Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll, the malfunction was caused by an electrical glitch - a glitch that was caused by a "£5 ($7) part between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery that decided not to work for some reason at that moment”. Problems with the electrical system may arise if the car hasn’t been driven in a while, but we can only speculate whether that was the case or not.
The most important thing is that it happened with a pre-production car and not a customer vehicle. Stroll added that the part was sourced externally. “We understood the problem and repaired it immediately”, Stroll continued. Moreover, despite the less than glamorous debut of the Valkyrie, Stroll promised that deliveries will be on schedule. "Our first cars will be rolling out at the factory as planned, as I said five months ago that we would be doing. So it’s very much on time”, he said.