Aston Martin has released details of its upcoming third-generation hypercar as well as preliminary details of a new mid-engine supercar at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The British marque’s successor to the Valkyrie and the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be known as AM-RB 003 and will be developed in association with Red Bull Applied Technologies.
It was first described in as “Project 003” last September, when Aston Martin released a basic sketch of the car’s possible shape.
While numerical details are limited, Aston Martin confirmed that the carbon fiber-based AM-RB 003 will feature a new turbocharged V6 engine and hybrid unit to be produced in-house.
The company reports that the hypercar will share the “fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy” of the original Valkyrie but with several new design approaches.
One of these is the introduction of NASA-approved aircraft morphing technology known as FlexFoil that will create a “variable aerofoil” across the rear wing to enhance aerodynamic performance.
Aston Martin claims that one of the most significant changes between the Valkyrie models and the AM-RB 003 concerns the door profile, with new forward-opening “LMP1-style” doors that make it easier for occupants to get in and out.
Production of the company’s third-gen hypercar will begin in late 2021 with a limited 500-unit production run confirmed.
Vanquish Supercar Also Announced
Aston Martin has presented its vision for a new mid-engine supercar that will take influence from the AM-RB 003 ahead of a projected 2022 production debut.
The final result of the Vanquish Vision Concept launched in Geneva will “thrive in a less extreme performance envelope” than its mid-engine hypercar predecessors, according to Aston Martin director of design Miles Nurnberger.
The car will feature its own version of the V6 engine confirmed for the AM-RB 003 while its build will focus on a bonded aluminium chassis rather than carbon fiber.
“When Aston Martin secured the services of Red Bull Advanced Technologies to embark on the extraordinary journey that became Aston Martin Valkyrie and Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, it was always my hope that it would lead to a long-term collaboration,” said Aston Martin Lagonda president and CEO Andy Palmer.
“As these projects enter an incredibly exciting phase with the commissioning of the first running development prototypes, it gives me tremendous satisfaction to confirm that this exceptional partnership is continuing with the AM-RB 003 – a hypercar that not only draws from the ethos and DNA of Aston Martin Valkyrie, but will in turn influence Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar.”