Aston Martin Valkyrie shows handling issuesAugust 21, 2020
At first glance, it seemed that the Aston Martin Valkyrie was destined to become a Grand Slam car. In 2016, the British automaker agreed to a technical alliance with Mercedes-Benz, under which both the DB11 and the new Vantage were released. But it all went wrong.
After a resurgence in 2016, the company has plummeted in recent years, losing approximately $ 95 million in the first half of 2019 alone. The plans for the release of Valkyrie have become questionable. Of course, the project is not completed, and an engineering sample has already appeared, but 2020 is almost over, and there is no final result. Even Aston Martin has no idea, and things look sad for what started out as a springboard for the brand to return to motorsport.
According to foreign media reports, the Aston Martin Valkyrie has not only reliability problems, but, as it turned out, it is very difficult to drive. Given the initial buzz around the car, this certainly came as a blow to the Aston as the Valkyrie seems to have what it takes to be fast on any track in the world. It boasts a 6.5-liter V12 engine created by Cosworth, which, together with the Rimac KERS hybrid system, is capable of producing a total of 1,176 horsepower. In addition, the entire aerodynamic package is the brainchild of Adrian Newey, one of the best aerodynamicists in Formula 1 history.
At the moment, things look bleak for the Aston Martin project, but the end of the road is not as close as it might seem. It is worth seeing what the British automaker has to offer, as there is no doubt that its engineering prowess is enough to grapple with the challenges that developers face.
In the 1970s, Porsche essentially put the entire company on the line to achieve its LeMans fame with the 917, but it didn’t happen overnight. The first version of the race car was so difficult to control that Dickie Atwood, one of the drivers, was happy when it broke down near the end of the German automaker’s first attempt at a 24-hour race. But Porsche did not give up and persisted and is now the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Sarthe racetrack.
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