It was back in 2018 when Aston Martin first announced their upcoming Project 003 hypercar. At the time, they released a lone teaser sketch of the vehicle which didn’t really show much as it looked more like a spaceship than a car to be honest. It was only earlier this year did we get our first glimpse of the actual vehicle when the British marque teased the model yet again, showing its rear end.
Now with the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in full swing, we actually get to see the much-anticipated hypercar in full, along with its new name – AM-RB 003.
Unlike the more toned-down Vanquish Vision Concept aimed to become a series production model, the AM-RB 003 is set to rival the likes of McLaren’s successor to the P1 and the LaFerrari successor. Similar to the Valkyrie, the 003 will be co-developed with Red Bull Advanced Technologies –hence the ‘RB’ name – who will be shaping and sculpting aerodynamics.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise then that the AM-RB 003 shares the same looks as the Valkyrie, especially at the front. Unlike the Valkyrie though, it has a more toned-down, supercar appeal, looking less-race oriented and ready to hit to hit the streets. The whole car appears to ride higher than the Valkyrie as well, giving it more ground clearance and making it more useable in the real world. In front, the splitter is not as aggressive. At the rear, there is a lower tail and exhausts that exit upwards. It also features the futuristic ‘FlexFoil’ rear wing, which gently changes shape for improved aero.
Inside, Aston Martin has given the 003 a minimalist cabin but still features creature comfort and improved interior space. While not the most luxurious, it sports a uniquely designed dashboard and steering wheel with the display mounted on it. There is a large space for luggage at a ‘terrace’ behind the seats as well as a wider center console for more storage space. No formal infotainment system here, but Aston Martin says you can use your smartphone.
Powering the 003 is a new turbocharged V6 which works with a hybrid assistance system instead of the Valkyrie’s Cosworth-built V12. Unfortunately, no power figures were announced, leaving most of us to speculate on the 003’s power and performance figures. That said, the new engine does mark the brand’s return to in-house designed engines.
As development on the AM-RB 003 is still on-going, expect more details to be released in the future. That and the name will likely be changed to something more exciting than ‘003’. Production will be limited to only 500 coupes with the deliveries slated to begin in 2021.