Second model to emerge from Aston and Red Bull's engineering partnership will bridge the gap between Valkyrie and Vanquish

The Aston Martin AM-RB 003 is the firm’s incredible new hypercar with McLaren P1-aping performance levels. It has been revealed at the Geneva motor show alongside the Vanuqish Vision supercar and Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concepts. 

“If Valkyrie is the best of the best, then the 003 is the best at £1m,” design boss Marek Reichman said of the AM-RB 003, which Aston will put into production in late 2021.

The new model, which Autocar received exclusive access to ahead of the Geneva motor show, is the second to be co-developed between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies in Milton Keynes, and will bridge the sizeable gap in Aston’s fast-growing range of mid-engined models between the Valkyrie and the production Vanquish

AM-RB 003’s performance and positioning – likely more than 1000bhp and the kind of performance that would threaten the Nürburgring lap record – would place it alongside next-generation versions of the likes of the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, should this trio, which launched in 2013, have been replaced by the time it launches.

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The model will use Aston’s new twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a hybrid system, and the car will be built around a carbonfibre architecture and using carbonfibre bodywork. “It will have the same principles as the Valkyrie with its all-carbonfibre tub but will be more usable,” said Reichman. 

The Geneva concept car is 90% representative of the final production model, according to Aston’s design chief.

Aston boss Andy Palmer calls it “the bridge” in the world of mid-engined Aston Martins. “The aerodynamics and tub construction filter down from the Valkyrie to this, and then the new V6 powertrain will go down to the Vanquish,” he said. “The Valkyrie is the fastest production car ever and now we’ve created a son of it that’s a halo car above everyone else’s range, like the P1, LaFerrari, and [McLaren] Senna.”

There is further technology transfer from the Valkyrie to the AM-RB 003 through the active suspension and electronic systems, with Aston claiming the dynamic brief for the car is to be class-leading on both road and track. 

Those aerodynamics will not be as extreme as on the Valkyrie, but will in turn be more extreme than on the Vanquish. A big bulk of the aerodynamic work is done under the floor and through the large rear diffuser. The AM-RB 003 also adopts aerospace aerodynamic morphing technology with a new variable airfoil called FlexFoil, which alters downforce without changing the physical angle as with an active rear wing, designed to improve aero performance and reduce wind noise, while also virtually eliminating turbulence and drag.

While the AM-RB 003 adopts a look and ethos inspired by the Valkyrie, it does so while being more usable. The doors open out forwards and out of the roof, inspired by an LMP1 car, to improve ingress and egress. Unlike the Valkyrie, there is also luggage and storage space for oddments and a wider centre console to put more space between driver and passenger. 

The cabin is unashamedly built around the driver and creating the perfect alignment between driver seat, steering wheel and pedals in what Aston calls ‘Apex Ergonomics’, with all major controls aligned for the driver and their eyeline. Instead of a traditional instrument binnacle, there is a small screen mounted directly on the steering column, with infotainment provided by what Aston calls ‘bring your own’, by simply mirroring a smartphone.

Aston has not quoted any key stats for the AM-RB 003 beyond the engine configuration but, as with the Valkyrie and Vanquish, there has been an obsession with weight saving and optimised packaging. For example, all four headlights and tail-lights weigh less than one DB11 headlight, while 3D printing is used for parts big and small in the interior, including a centre console that weighs half of what it would using traditional construction methods.

Development of the AM-RB 003 will now continue in Milton Keynes, where Aston has a team of 130 people based within the Red Bull Advanced Technologies campus. The site is the home of development for Aston’s mid-engined models.

Palmer has previously said that the AM-RB 003 could form the basis for an assault on outright victory at Le Mans after a regulation changed to make future racing cars more aligned to hypercar road cars than the LMP1 prototypes at present. 

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5 March 2019

Awesome.

Lets just hope that other 10% of unreadyness includes changing those awful lights.

JMax

5 March 2019

Aston are probably one of the most exciting brands out there at the moment. 

Glad to see them moving.

JMax

5 March 2019

 

The V6 (which I assume is half a Valkyrie V12 engine) will drive the rear wheels and a Kers powered electric motor will drive the front wheels; as per the new LeMans regs/specs.

So a Works' Red Bull Team are going to LeMans with this car .. thats great news and cements the Aston - Red Bull partnership even further.

And I hope the Valkyrie V12 and Vanquish V6 engines are going to filter down to the DBs and Vantage.

10 March 2019
Is it me? Or does the nose of the car look like a ducks bill?

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