When it’s showtime at Goodwood Festival Of Speed, especially after a year of Covid-19 restrictions that cut short the thrills of 2020, expectations of a mind blowing event is only what’s expected. 2021 celebration with the theme , “The Maestros- Motorsport’s Great All- Rounders,” wasn’t a great all rounder for Aston Martin Valkyrie, as I sat watching Valkyrie come to a surprising halt at just the second turn of the nine turns of the historical Hill climb at Goodwood House.
One thing alone is for sure in our world, the car world of course, is the competition.
The rivalry between car companies to become the next big name is enough to keep you on your toes because once returned to the drawing board, it’s going to be a different ball game.
A collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to creating the ideal track-oriented car that is completely road legal.
The hypercar Aston Martin Valkyrie, which is Aston Martin’s first hyper car and rival to Mercedes-Benz AMG One.
Aston Martin Valkyrie is equipped with a 6.5L Aston Martin – Cosworth naturally aspirated V12 engine supported by electric motors and a 7-speed Ricardo single clutch automated manual transmission gearbox.
The V12 engine alone produces an outrageous 1000 horsepower while it’s batteries provides additional 160 horsepower and 663lb-ft of torque. Aston Martin Valkyrie achieves a top speed of 402km/h (250mph).
The result of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed was a disappointing one. As the drive to the hillclimb started, it was an insane sight, one to behold as the hypercar drove from the start with high expectations of unravelling its power.
The aura of audacity is felt at the first sight you get of the Valkyrie. The splendor of it’s design and potential capability of the hypercar was ready to be displayed. The journey through the nine turns to complete the hillclimb suddenly ended at the second turn as Valkyrie was towed from the track.
That just left me flabbergasted with one question, was Aston Martin Valkyrie ready for the world? My answer lies in the world, in which the world was ready to see the true capability of it’s unleashed power.
No doubt whatsoever in Aston Martin Valkyrie yet concealed capability, truth is one just can’t let go of how the event went as the display one of your favorite rides couldn’t be understood. That doesn’t change the fact that Aston Martin Valkyrie is here to stay.
Being true to the British automobile, “Aston Martin,” it would be left said in an unsaid manner that an outstanding performance is yet to be seen from the Valkyrie.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro would certainly be geared up when its time finally comes.
My love for the 1160 horsepower hypercar has not diminished in anyway because it’s one of those days that you wouldn’t want to be caught by millions of eyes watching, especially in the playground of legends or legends in the making. The stage was set and history would have a story to tell.
There’s definitely going to be more scrutiny back at the factory. With Aston Martin’s heavy price tag of $3 million on the Valkyrie and $3.5 million on the Valkyrie Pro which are supposedly sold out.
150 units of production car ready to roll out by the collaborators, consisting of 110 units of standard Valkyrie and 40 units of Valkyrie Pro.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro, the extremely track-oriented car made for track only, in the league of LMP (Le Mans Prototype) cars. A raging car from Aston Martin to take down the 24 Hours of Le Mans as Aston Martin claims Valkyrie Pro can lap the Le Mans 24Hours circuit in 3mins 20secs.