Have the development issues been resolved?
It's been several months since we last heard anything about the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the UK marque's highly anticipated street-legal hypercar. Today's news seems to pick up from last August when we reported Valkyrie prototypes were experiencing some reliability and handling problems discovered after the first round of road testing.
Aston Martin had a couple of options: make the hypercar track-only, which could pose a problem for the 150 committed buyers, or delay the launch again. Either way, buyers' frustrations would be justified.
The Supercar Blog now claims it has inside information that production will officially get underway this summer with deliveries to be completed by mid-2021. We've reached out to Aston Martin seeking confirmation and we'll update this space if we receive a relevant response.
This news comes just a few days following a new report claiming the Valkyrie's main rival, the Mercedes-AMG One, will also begin customer deliveries later this year. Both racecar-inspired vehicles were initially set to launch nearly two years ago. While the AMG One is powered by a 1.6-liter V6 engine plug-in hybrid powertrain setup, the Valkyrie features a Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine and a Rimac-supplied KERS hybrid system. A combined total of 1,176 horsepower is expected. The AMG One will have a similar output.
Neither hypercar aims to record new top speed records but rather focus on the overall driving experience and, perhaps, set a few lap records. Aston Martin is also building a track-only version of the Valkyrie called the AMR Pro, limited to a mere 25 examples.
The road-going versions are priced at $3.25 million each and the track cars might be slightly less. The fact that the Valkyrie could hit the road in the coming months is a great sign Aston Martin is continuing to get its finances in order following a $95 million loss in the first half of 2019.
This troubling situation set into motion a number of things, mainly the replacement of CEO Andy Palmer with former AMG CEO Tobias Moers and Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll's $657 million investment that saw him installed as Executive Chairman. The previously planned lineup of all-electric Lagonda-branded vehicles has been shelved under Stroll's direction and a return to F1 racing is underway, which will coincide nicely with the reveal of the new F1 tech-derived hypercar.