Andy Palmer pledges to delete reservations if customers are caught trying to ‘flip’ their hypercar

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has pledged to delete reservations for the Valkyrie hypercar if customers are caught trying to sell their build slot.

Just 150 road-going examples of the Valkyrie will be built, and with demand likely to outstrip supply some customers who have ordered a car could look to profit by selling their order. This practice, known as 'flipping', has become more common in the supercar market in recent years, especially with such cars being considered as investment purchases.

In a tweet responding to a query about an online advert apparently offering a Valkyrie build slot for sale, Palmer said: “I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car. If they flip, then they never get another special”.

Aston Martin Valkyrie revealed in most production-ready form yet

The potential build slot sale has come soon after buyers of the Valkyrie were invited to a private viewing of the car, after which a video, apparently from that viewing, leaked online, revealing the car’s interior.

The Valkyrie will be the most advanced Aston Martin produced yet, having been co-developed by Red Bull Racing and its chief technical officer Adrian Newey. As well as the 150 road cars, 25 track-only Valkyries will be built, with production starting next year.

The car is powered by a naturally aspirated 900bhp Cosworth 6.5-litre V12 and is built around a lightweight carbonfibre structure. It’s believed to cost £2-3 million, although no official figure has been revealed.

Notably, Palmer's tweet suggests that Aston Martin is considering further limited-run 'special' models for the future.

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10 July 2017
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