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A $7 Part Killed the $3.25 Million Valkyrie’s Debut Run At the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Aston Martin Valkyrie suffered stage fright and stopped working during its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Aston Martin Valkyrie suffered stage fright and stopped working during its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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.

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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.

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Source: Motorsport

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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