Aston Martin is soon to reveal the new 'son of Valkyrie' hybrid hypercar, and has released the first official image of the new model.
Although a Geneva motor show debut is yet to be officially confirmed, the release of the image is indicative of an expected unveiling at the show next month.
It will be the third hypercar to emerge from the British car maker after the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro. Codenamed ‘Project 003', the mid-engined model is part of a joint development project between Aston and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, and is due to be released in 2021.
Said to be built around a lightweight structure, the Project 003 will be powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid powertrain of undisclosed size and power output. Aston is claiming an “exceptional breadth of performance”, but the car has also been designed to be usable and practical for road use, with space for luggage.
The Project 003, like the Valkyrie, will feature active aerodynamics for “outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car”. Active suspension, likely inboard and pushrod-operated, will again be used for the new car, which is pitched as a model that could eclipse the LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
Aston Martin has confirmed it will be homologated in left- and right-hand drive form, with production limited to 500 examples globally. No price has been hinted at, but Autocar expects it to cost around £1 million. The first customer cars will be delivered towards the end of 2021.
Before road-legal production models are released, however, the 'son of Valkyrie' will race for outright victory at Le Mans in 2020, according to CEO Andy Palmer. The debut fits in with regulation changes to put road-derived and concept hybrid cars in the top category, meaning the new car could race against models such as the McLaren Senna.
Known as the 'son of Valkyrie' by its development team, it has been given the internal development goal of establishing a new benchmark for hypercars in the £1m price bracket in around 2021, ahead of any of the established players re-entering the market.
Both the LaFerrari and P1 were launched in 2013 and, while production of both has ceased, such halo cars are typically replaced at extended intervals. The gap between the launch of the Enzo and the LaFerrari was 11 years and, were such a gap repeated, it would mean the Aston-Red Bull car stealing a march on them.
Confirming the project, Aston boss Andy Palmer said: “It’s correct - we have more than one mid-engined project underway - more than two, if you count the Valkyrie. This new project will draw on all the know-how we’ve taken from the Valkyrie, as well as some of its visual identity and engineering capability, and bring it to a new sector of the market.”