Turning into an Aston Martin Valkyrie proprietor isn’t any straightforward achievement, you wanted each money and persistence, each issues that ex F1 driver and present commentator, David Coulthard, had. The $3.2 million hypercar was first unveiled in idea type again in 2016 when Aston Martin pencilled buyer deliveries in for 2019. Since then the designer of the Valkyrie, F1 aero guru Adrian Newey, left the undertaking when Aston Martin Formulation 1 was bought by Lawrence Stroll who insisted the programme and growth could possibly be dealt with by the F1 workforce. Simpler stated than carried out, buyer deliveries beneath CEO and ex AMG boss, Tobias Moers (who has since left the corporate), solely started in November 2022. Homeowners reported of ‘teething points’ and strict working directions to ensure the vehicles had been prepared for motion and even then, solely in actually drive modes.
One proprietor that confronted just a few gremlins was none aside from former Formulation 1 driver and TV pundit, David Coulthard. The 13-time Grand Prix winner was accompanied by his son, Dayton Coulthard, on a cruise of their Valkyrie on the streets of Monaco earlier than the automotive got here to a cease and was unable to maneuver beneath its personal energy, as documented on Dayton’s social media channels.
The Marina Blue Aston Martin Valkyrie, chassis quantity 86/150 was configured with a lightweight blue Alcantara cabin and silver wheels then appeared at an occasion in Saudi Arabia, the place it was being displayed to draw potential patrons. A purchaser was recognized on the occasion.
Famend tremendous automotive sellers Joe Macari teased that the automotive was of their care just a few weeks in the past, earlier than asserting chassis 86 had been bought saying “We’re thrilled to announce the latest sale of this epic Aston Martin Valkyrie. It’s not typically a automotive comes by means of our doorways that makes everybody cease what they’re doing simply to come back and admire however this was actually one.”
David Coulthard Aston Martin Valkyrie
It isn’t clear if David Coulthard parted with the automotive because of reliability points, however it might not be shocking if it was a big contributing issue. Seeing as all 150 Coupes and 85 Spiders are accounted for, it goes with out saying that there would have been fairly a premium over the record value, notably given the configuration and superstar proprietor. The information comes because the embargo for critiques of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the monitor solely AMR Professional had been revealed, all of which sang the praises of the hypercar and its otherworldly efficiency on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit.
As a reminder, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5 Litre V12 engine that delivers a most output of 1,000bhp at 10,500 rpm to a most 11,100 rpm for the primary time in a naturally-aspirated highway automotive. The hybrid system will increase the ability by 160bhp and 280 Nm of torque, this outcomes to a most energy output of 1160hp at 10,500 rpm and 900 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Specs and Pricing
|Aston Martin Valkyrie||Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider||Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR PRO|
|Engine||6.5L V12 Cosworth N/A||6.5L V12 Cosworth N/A||6.5L V12 Cosworth N/A|
|KERS (Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd)||160hp||160hp||Not Applicaple, NO KERS|
|Gearbox||7-speed Ricardo Auto Guide (single clutch)||7-speed Ricardo Auto Guide (single clutch)||7-speed Ricardo Auto Guide (single clutch)|