• The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is in Big Trouble

Aston Martin Is Having Issues With the Valkyrie Hypercar And It Could Change Everything

The Aston Martin Valkyrie comes off as a world-class hypercar, but it hasn’t been without its problems either. The race-going version, for example, was postponed a while back because the of class merges happening within the World Endurance Championship. And, while Aston claimed that development of the road car was still ongoing, a global pandemic struck and Ex-CEO Andy Palmer was replaced with the Ex-CEO of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers. The company did get a huge influx of cash when Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll invested $657 million, but Aston Martin has still be struggling – even with the DBX finally going into production. Now, it looks like the Aston Martin Valkyrie is in a lot of trouble, and things aren’t looking very good. A tough decision needs to be made.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Could Be Delayed or Worse

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A new report from Italian outlet Formula Passion claims that the Valkyrie is suffering from some reliability issues.

These issues were reportedly discovered after the first round of road tests, but pose a major setback all the same. Furthermore, it’s also said that handling is another issue that needs to be addressed, and Aston Martin now finds itself in a tough spot, as there are only two real options.
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The first option is to delay arrival of the Aston Martin Valkyrie as the company extends its research and development phase – a pretty rough blow to the 150 people that have already put their name on paper to stake claim to one. The second option is, arguably, even worse. Aston could make the Valkyrie a track-only car. This move that would allow Aston to recoup its development costs but will likely cause serious issues with those 150 folks expecting a car they can take on the road once per year or however often people with $3.25 million cars take them out and about.

The second option could displease a few of the 25 that have signed on for the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro, at least when it boils down to track-only exclusivity, but that’s not anywhere near as hard a slap as telling people who agreed to pay $3 million plus for a road car that they can’t drive it on the road.

It’s hard to believe most of them would be interested in settling for a track-only Valkyrie. People with millions of dollars to burn aren’t don’t take kindly to the idea of settling. However, this isn’t the worst possible scenario, either.

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Notice how I mentioned that Aston could “recoup” costs? Well, there’s a good reason for that specific phrase.

The very same source also hinted that Aston Martin could scrap the Valkyrie project altogether and decide to focus on the Aston Martin DBX instead.

Hopefully it won’t come to that, but if it does, you can bet there will be a lot of rich customers that won’t be very happy. And, that’s putting it nicely. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, and the best possible option is another delay, but at this point – with Aston Martin’s financial situation – just about anything could happen. It’s all a rumor for now, so take it with a grain of salt, but there is a chance that the Valkyrie will never make it to production.

Aston Martin Valkyrie specifications
Engine 6.5-liter V-12 engine and an electric motor
Combined output 1,160 HP
Combined torque 664 LB-FT
Power-to-weight ratio 1:1
Curb weight 2,270 Lbs
Transmission race-spec
0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds

Source: Formula Passion

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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